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It's one of those Facebook friends you've never actually met, but now you find yourself weaving in and out of their lives via status updates.

I'd added Stephanie Donnell Santiago, of Karnes City, some time ago, hoping to chat with her as a source. But now I've been introduced to something much more profound, I'm sure, than whatever story I was doing at the time.

Stephanie's son, Casey Walker, was in a car accident in 2004, when he was 16. For months, Casey -- who they'd always called Super C -- was in a coma. He came out of it only to be left with a traumatic brain injury that has robbed Casey of the man he would have become.

"He can no longer walk or talk, but what he can do is smile, and that smile brightens my entire world," his mom said. "He communicates with his beautiful blue eyes and at times he can say Mom, which of course makes my day."

The used van Stephanie was able to buy after Casey's injury has broken down, and the cost to repair it is more than she can afford. He's 6-foot-5 (Super C, indeed!), confined to a wheelchair, and no longer able to visit his family or friends.

So his mom got creative -- and she's asking for help from the Crossroads.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is hosting a competition to bring awareness to National Mobility Awareness Month in May. They're giving away three wheelchair-accessible vans to local heroes who are overcoming mobility challenges. Casey has nearly 5,000 votes toward getting the van so far. You can take just a few minutes to go to the website, and cast your vote for one of our own. You'll need the promo code, 934, and you can vote once every 24 hours! Voting ends May 13.

"I so desperately want to be able to take to Casey places again, and I know it would mean the world to my Casey, my hero," his mom said.

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