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May 02, 2013
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Ind. officer campaigns for ill son

You can help Officer Darst and his family by voting between now and May 10

By PoliceOne Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police is raising awareness for National Mobility Awareness Month — an issue close to his heart — as he and his wife struggle to pay the piling medical bills for their son who suffers from a rare condition.

Officer Michael Darst and his wife, Amber, hope that winning an online contest that’s being held by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association will grant them the resources they need to escort their 7-month-old son, Colton, to and from the hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Colton has arthrogyrosis, a rare condition characterized by stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles, that may prevent him from ever walking or holding somebody’s hand, according to Fox 59.

Winning the contest could help Darst with medical bills, and provide better transportation to the hospital, as the van they use now has a broken air conditioner, window, and fuel gauge, among other things.

“Just being able to see someone that may not be able to use his hands and his legs and is still so happy, it makes us appreciate everything,” Amber said.

You can vote for Colton and his family once per day until May 10, here.

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