AEA member Courtney Boyll in contest to win wheelchair accessible van

April 19, 2014 03:15 PM


The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding mobility options for people with disabilities is sponsoring a contest to honor local heroes who have overcome the challenges of living with a disability. Moulton Elementary teacher Courtney Boyll is one of those local heroes entered in the contest. Boyll, a third grade teacher at Moulton Elementary, sometimes has help getting out of her car and into her wheelchair, but most days she’s on her own. This has led to several falls and even a broken leg. Because of this her sister, Robyn Hutto, entered her in the national mobility contest to win a $50,000 wheelchair accessible van. Hutto reasons, “Somebody’s going to win the contest, why not Courtney?” While a student at Hatton High School in Lawrence County, Boyll was a standout athlete with plans to attend college and play professional basketball. However, a single car accident in March of 1994 changed all that. Boyll was paralyzed from the waist down. When the doctor told her she would never walk again, she decided to never give up and to take life one day at a time. Boyll is a believer that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Although Boyll considered the accident a tragedy at the time, she was motivated to keep going through family, friends and faith. Even though her dream of playing basketball did change, Boyll went on to college to become a teacher. She says she decided to become a teacher to help children and teens continue to go on with their lives whenever they have a problem, a trial, or tragedy. “Just to really let them know you can overcome.” Boyll also coaches volleyball at Lawrence County High School. In 2003 she married and is now a mother of three. The community and school system are rallying behind Boyll to help her win this van. Her video has more that 25,000 votes and growing. She is near first place out of more that 900 others competing for the van. ”Besides winning the contest, I think people just seeing her story can help them out daily. I know it does me,” said Hutto. Everybody considers Boyll an inspiration and a blessing; however, Boyll says, “They don’t understand they are that to me. They’re the reason I continue to push through and continue to go on, all the love and support they’ve shown me. To view Boyll’s video and to vote, go to Voters can submit one vote per email per day. Voting ends May 9th but Boyll says with all the community support, she feels like she has already won.

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