A surprise and chance of independence for wheelchair-bound Wareham woman
SouthCoastTODAY.com | July 10, 2011 | By Brian Fraga
WAREHAM — DaLiza Cardoza thought she was just going to be named an assistant basketball coach.
But when the 18-year-old arrived Saturday at the Wareham Youth Athletic League’s sun-baked courts, she found Patrick Brent standing in front of a 2008 Honda Element, waving a set of keys.
“This is your car,” said Brent, a marketing director for Freedom Motors, a Michigan company that converts vehicles to wheelchair accessibility.
For Cardoza, a recent graduate of Wareham High School who was diagnosed at age 2 with spinal muscular atrophy, the surprise vehicle meant a chance at an independent life as she prepares to attend college this fall.
“I can’t even explain how I feel,” said Cardoza, as she was surrounded by a crowd of beaming friends and relatives.
“It’s a blessing.”
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