HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Holland woman bound by a wheelchair has won a national contest for her inspiring story.
On Thursday, Collene Van Noord received a new wheelchair-accessible vehicle at Crown Motors.
Van Noorde was named a Local Heroes Winner in the 2015 National Mobility Awareness Month campaign. More than 900 contestants submitted their stories, and more than one million people voted.
Van Noorde, who was seriously injured in a car accident, manages a blog to educate people on spinal cord injury.
"You're grateful for other people helping, but there's an independence that's gone, and that's part of your self esteem," Van Noorde said. "So, when you gain make your mobility and gain back some independence, it means you get your self back in certain ways."