Community Rallies Behind Teacher in National Contest
MOULTON, AL (WZDX) - People are rallying to help a Moulton Elementary teacher win a wheelchair assessable van.
Third grade teacher Courtney Boyll sometimes has help getting out of her car and into her wheelchair but most days she's on her own which has led to several falls and even a broken leg. That's why her sister, Robyn Hutto, entered her in a national mobility contest to win a $50,000 wheelchair assessable van.
"I said somebody's going to win this. Why not you? So let's go for it and she's like alright," said Hutto.
20 years ago, Boyll was a standout athlete at Hatton High School with plans to attend college and play professional basketball. That all changed in March of 1994 when Boyll was paralyzed from the waist down in a single-car accident.
"The accident was a tragedy at the time though my family, my friends, my faith and prayer kept me going," said Boyll.
Even though her dream of playing basketball did change, Boyll did go onto college to become at teacher at Moulton Elementary. She also coaches volleyball. She married in 2003 and is now a mother of three.
"I decided to become a teacher to help children and teens continue to go on with their lives whenever they had a problem, or trial or tragedy," said Boyll. "Just to really let them know you can overcome."
The non-profit organization National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is sponsoring the contest to honor local heroes that have overcome the challenges of living with a disability. The community and school system are rallying behind Boyll. Her video has more than 11,000 votes and growing. She is near first place out of more than 800 others competing for the van.
"Besides winning the contest, I think people just seeing her story can help them out daily. I know it does me," said Hutto.
Voting ends May 9th but Boyll says with all the community support, she feels like she has already won.
"Everybody says Courtney 'You're such an inspiration. You're such a blessing.' But they don't understand that they are that to me. They're the reason that I continue to push through and continue to go on, all the love and support they've shown me," said Boyll.