One Minnesota mother who is a finalist competing for the title of "Best Mom on Wheels" says her wheelchair never slows her down. In fact, she and her family just enjoyed a fast-paced first with FOX 9.
It's not unusual for the Boyle family to be together. They take every chance they can get, but they'd never gone on a bike ride before.
"I was so jealous when Jesse and the kids would go out on bike rides," Nora Boyle admitted. "Now, this summer, I can go too."
Nora Boyle had never had a bike of her own because she was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident at the age of 16.
"My car rolled and I was thrown from the car and I broke my back," she explained. "I had a spinal cord injury."
In the hospital, doctors told her she'd never walk again. At the time, she thought that meant she would never get married or have a family, but that perception proved untrue.
"I can do anything that anyone else can do," she told FOX 9 News.
In fact, she quickly learned her disability wouldn't hold her back.
"It would take a lot more than a wheelchair to slow her down," her husband, Jesse, said.
In 1999, Nora and Jesse met. By 2003, they had their family and they're still working together to give 12-year-old Debbie and 10-year-old Owen every experience they can.
"My kids are my life," Nora Boyle said. "I can't imagine not being a mom. They are everything to me."
Recently, the Boyle's found out Nora was selected as a top 10 finalist for "Best Mom on Wheels."
"I'm just so proud of her," Jesse Boyle said. "She's the greatest mom ever."
Nora Boyle admitted being selected as a finalist by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation caught her "off guard."
"My mom nominated me," Nora Boyle explained. "She always does stuff like that. She did it behind my back without asking me."
Although it came as a surprise to the family, Jesse Boyle said he believes the title fits.
"I don't think I could ask for a better mom for my kids," he said. "She goes out of her way to do anything for the kids."
To win, Nora Boyle needs votes. Anyone can vote before May 30th to help the only Minnesotan nominated to take home the title.
"Vote for me because I'm trying to be the best mom on wheels and out of wheels," she urged.
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