New Jersey Jewish Family’s Struggle For Mobility Goes Viral

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12 May 2015

The Herzfeld family hasn’t gone anywhere together for a year and a half. These days, it’s just too much of a challenge to get all of their children in and out of the car and around in public.

Over the past 10 years, all four of Esther and Arthur Herzfeld’s children have been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease that has left one confined to a wheelchair full-time, two requiring a scooter or wheelchair whenever they’re not home, and one walking slowly and carefully.

The family from Teaneck, New Jersey, faces myriad of challenges, but they’re trying to make life just a little bit easier by winning a handicapped-accessible van in an online contest run for National Mobility Awareness Month.

“These vehicles cost $70,000-$80,000, they’re astronomical,” Esther told The Jerusalem Post from her home on Thursday evening. “There’s no way that we can afford it.”

The contest is being run throughout the month of May, and anyone can vote up to once a day from the NMEDA’s “Local Heroes” site.

Read the full story at The Jerusalem Post.

Register and vote daily to help the Herzfeld family.

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