MADISON, Ala. - For Chloe Smith, a wheelchair accessible van means freedom and independent living. So, Smith is using her artistic abilities to create calendars to sell, in hopes of raising enough money to purchase her own van.
Smith lives with duchenne muscular dystrophy. For her, art is calming.
"If there's something that you can just be free with, then it's very therapeutic," Smith said.
Smith is sharing her artwork with the world through the calendars she began creating shortly after Thanksgiving.
"I thought, 'okay, I might make a couple hundred bucks,' but then I woke up after one day of it and I'm like, 'oh, this is going to be over a couple hundred bucks,'" Smith said.
Smith said having her own van would allow her to feel independent. Currently, she shares a vehicle with her dad.
"My dad has multiple sclerosis and is in a wheelchair full time," Smith said. "So, if he needs to go anywhere, he needs the accessible chair. When I hopefully, eventually, no longer live in this house, I can drive myself places with my chair easily."
Each of Smith's calendars cost $20.00. You can order them through her PayPal account, www.paypal.me/wheelchairvanfund.