His family says Aaron is an inspiration and has tackled life with a bright and positive attitude. Now, they are hoping others will see his story and help.
SACRAMENTO - Like any other 10-year-old boy, Aaron Negrete loves to play video games and draw. He's pretty good too, especially without arms and legs.
Aaron has Tetra Amelia Syndrome, a rare disorder where people are born without limbs. He uses an electrical wheelchair to get from place to place.
His mother Juanita Garcia drives a wheelchair accessible van Aaron inherited from another person with a disability. Garcia said the van is run down, but it is all she has to drive her son around and get him to school.
"We have a van, but this is an old van so it kind of breaks down a lot," Aaron explained.
"The ramp breaks down. The airbags break down," Garcia added.
The repair people who often work on their van nominated Aaron for a national contest as part of Mobility Awareness Month. The three contestants with the most votes will receive a new wheelchair accessible van.
About 1,000 people are competing. At the time of this story, Aaron had 2,357 votes. Some contestants already have as many as 9,000.
There's still time to help for Aaron! Vote at www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/aaron-negrete-sacramento-ca
The voting ends May 9.
Boy with no arms and legs enters national contest to win a wheelchair accessible van. (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) News10