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Rocky Hill family hopes to win wheelchair-accessible van

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Harrison Camarro's family is hoping to win a new wheelchair-accessible van. (WFSB photo) Harrison Camarro's family is hoping to win a new wheelchair-accessible van. (WFSB photo)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

A family from Rocky Hill is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van for their teenage son.

Harrison Camarro, 18, suffers from cerebral palsy.

“He's very sweet and loving, and I love it when he reaches out for you,” said Jacqueline Camarro, Harrison's mother. “And he just smiles and he looks you right in the eye. He's just a great kid!"

His parents said their son has shown courage and strength since he was a child.

Harry, as they call him, was born with cerebral palsy and about 10 years ago, began to have seizures. He was then diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy.

“He doesn't walk,” said Wayne Camarro, Harrison's father. “He doesn't talk like typical kids, but he reaches out to us in his own way. He's just an angel. I don't know what I would do without him."

Wayne Camarro said getting his son into and out of the car has become a challenge in the last couple of years.

That's why they've joined thousands of other families across the country in entering an online contest to win a wheelchair accessible van, which can cost upwards of $60,000. The contest is part of Mobility Awareness Month, which is put on by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

"Just to be able to know I can get him in and out easier so that I become more independent for him," Wayne Camarro said.

"I know it's a long shot,” Jacqueline Camarro said. “I know there are thousands of people who enter, but I would be amazed if we place in the top 10. If we won it, it would be incredible."

Voting began on Friday and goes through the end of the month. To donate, head to the NMEDA's website here.

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