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Votes could win new wheelchair van for MTSU student

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee State University student is asking for the community's help in a contest that could change her life.

Jennifer Austin was paralyzed from the chest down after a hit-and-run crash in 2006.

She now uses a wheelchair and went on to graduate college and study for a master's degree.

But a winning a national contest would be a big help. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is giving away wheelchair-accessible vans.

VOTE: Click this link to vote for Austin: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/jennifer-austin-cowan-tn/

Austin was in the 2013 contest, and says she finished as a semifinalist in the top five percent of all votes. However, it wasn't enough to snag a van.

Her sister, Ashlee Austin, nominated her again for 2014. So far, the profile has more than 5,000 votes.

"Winning this van would be life-changing for me and would give me the opportunity to drive again!" Jennifer Austin told Channel 4 this week.

The contest ends on Friday at midnight. Again, you can vote here.

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