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Georgetown Family Seeks Help to Win Wheelchair Van for Son

GEORGETOWN, Del. - 13-year-old Jarod Coursey is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. He cannot talk, walk and he is in severe medical condition. But his vibrant personality inspires his family and community on a daily basis. 

Now his family needs Delmarva's help. They have entered a national competition to win a free wheelchair van, to accommodate their growing child. Jarod's family said he is in desperate need. 

If you want to help Jarod to win the competition, you can vote at the following link:

Vote for "Sherry Perry," the mother of Jarod if you want them to win the wheelchair van. Perry sat down with WBOC to describe that emotional day in 2001. 

"The doctors at Children's national said they didn't expect him to survive," she said.  

Through strength of heart though, Jarod did survive. However the incident left him severely injured mentally and physically.  

"He's trapped in his body," Perry said. "There's a typical 13 year old boy in there. He just can't express it."

Perry said she treats Jarod with love, just as she does with all of her other children. However, she said it is at times difficult to bring him with the family when they leave the house. When he was young, it was as easy as lifting him up. However as he grows in size, the process has become more laborious, taking more than 30 minutes on average. 

His sister Taylor Burden said the van would be a huge help. She said her brother gives her hope. 

"He's definitely an inspiration," she said. "Because I mean look at him. He's amazing. He's been through so much. He's been through a lot more than many of us have and he's only 13."

"Jarod is my local hero," Perry said. "Jarod has taught me from the day he was hurt that nothing is impossible. And no matter how badly the odds are against you, you can overcome it."

For all of you preparing to vote, note that you can vote once every 24 hours, and the vote is open until May 9. 

To vote:
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