DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Courtney Boyll’s story is one that inspires everyone she comes in contact with.
A car accident 20 years ago left Courtney unable to walk. Before the accident, Courtney was on the fast track to play college basketball at the University of Alabama, but those dreams were cut short.
“That very moment, I decided that I would never give up, that I would fight, and that I would go on with my life and that I would take it one day at a time to make it the best that I could,” said Courtney.
Now the 36-year-old mother of three, full-time teacher, and volleyball coach, Courtney has influenced many lives, both inside and out of the classroom.
Her efforts to face her challenges head-on earned her a brand new van outfitted for her wheelchair following a special online competition where she received more than 50,000 votes.
Officials from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association handed over the keys to the van at a special presentation Tuesday in Decatur. Boyll was one of three winners of a brand new wheelchair-accessible vehicle nationwide.
The van, values at almost $70,000 will be the first wheelchair accessible vehicle Boyll has ever owned, and is something that she and her family could not afford to purchase on their own.
Griffin Mobility is the North Alabama dealer for Vantage Mobility International, who did the structural modifications to the van, and the presentation was held at Serra Toyota in Decatur because Toyota donated the vehicle.
WATCH: Courtney’s family rallied this create a short video telling her story and it was submitted for a $50,000 contest for a mobility vehicle to better suit the needs of her lifestyle from mobilityawarenessmonth.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A55lZU5rG9E