Woman Needs Your Help In Winning Handicap Accessible Van

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Pam Desormo is thankful for a loving sister-in-law that gets her to work each day and for a boss of 19 years who helps to get her home.

But but her dream is to someday to do it all on her own.

Two years ago, the town of Watertown's deputy clerk suffered back surgery complications, which left her a paraplegic. 

A wife and mother of three, Desormo is determined and remains positive.

Despite the many obstacles she continues to work full-time, but she does have a wish.

"Being able to have the freedom to come and go without having to ask somebody for help," said Desormo.

Her prayer could be answered. 

Desormo has been nominated in a national internet contest in which four handicap accessible vans are being given away as part of Mobility Awareness Month in May. 

While Desormo is modest about why she deserves to win, Town Clerk Catherine Rich, her boss and friend, is not afraid to say it for her.

"She is such a good person. Her attitude is so good. She's such a hard worker," said Rich.

You can help Desormo win by logging on each day to mobilityawarenessmonth.com and voting.

A panel will choose the winners from a group of finalists.

"The whole purpose is to bring awareness to people with mobility problems and hopefully by doing this, I've done that. It'd be wonderful to win a van, but if I don't, that's okay too," said Desormo.

Voting continues until May 9 and the winners will be announced in June. 
 

Monday, October 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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