Paralyzed teen asks community for help getting a van | People
Like any teenager going off to college, Danielle Troup wants to be able to drive herself to school.
But driving is something Danielle doesn’t take for granted. Paralyzed from the waist down and with limited movement in her right hand, the 2013 Arlington High School grad needs special equipment on a van to get herself to and from school this fall at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
That’s why she and her family are asking the community to help.
“I don’t like the idea of asking people for money,” said John Troup, a detective with the Memphis Police Department and Danielle’s dad. “Our budget is pretty tight.”
It started when Danielle was just 9 months old. She received an oral vaccine for polio, which contained a live strand of the disease. Instead of warding off the disease, the vaccine led to Transverse Myelitis, which affected her spinal cord. Thanks to her physical therapist, she was able to gain use of her left arm and part of her right arm. Still, she must use a power wheel chair that she controls with her left hand.
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