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Jupiter Farms couple enters contest to win much-needed wheelchair van

By Dan Corcoran

JUPITER FARMS, FL (WFLX) - A handicapped Palm Beach County man who relies on his wife for all of his mobility now says the couple needs more help than one woman can give.

Marriage can be a very difficult thing.

For Marie and Vinny Mastandrea of Jupiter Farms, it is getting even tougher.

Getting Vinny and his wheelchair out of the house and into the family car is all dependent on Marie.

"I have it made because she's around," said Vinny. "But, if I'm around, she doesn't have it made because she works. She works hard," he said.

The couple has been married for 43 years.

Two decades ago, a debilitating neurological condition began to steal Vinny's ability to walk.

"We've never let the handicap or the disability stop us," said Marie.

Lately, though, it has slowed them down.

"Now we're getting older and tired quicker and it's getting tough for the both of us," she said.

Insurance will not cover the cost for a wheelchair accessible van.

But a new set of wheels is exactly what this couple needs. The Mastandreas have recently entered themselves into a online contest to win one of those vans.

It is valued at about $50,000.

The contest is being held by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding mobility options for people with disabilities.

"You're the woman I love and that's it - for better or for worse," said Vinny.

To see the couple's video submission to enter that national contest, click here . The winners should be announced in a couple of weeks.

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