“I didn’t think I’d ever be 29 and driving a family van,” says Dayana, “but it’s given me freedom. Now I have quick and easy access to get to work, go to doctor’s appointments, shopping, or the grocery store.”
Born in El Salvador and raised in California, Dayana had no symptoms when she was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 14. As her muscles weakened from the disease, however, Dayana needed more assistive technology such as the mobility scooter she’s been using for the last two years.
It was hard, I’d put my scooter in the trunk of my car and then hold on as I hobbled around to the driver’s seat,” Dayana recalls. I wanted to be more independent. People were concerned about my safety even my boss said something.”
On May 7th, 2015 Dayana drove home in her very own Dodge Caravan with an automatic wheelchair ramp conversion. She nicknamed her gray van “The Beast” and they’ve lived happily ever after since. “This is a privilege and it’s given me access to go back to school and finish my Bachelor’s Degree. I’m truly grateful!”