Co-workers want to win van for quadriplegic volunteer
The only thing between him and his interests is the 2002 conversion van he has nursed along through structural and mechanical failures, patching it together the best he could.
“We’ve rigged it like a MacGyver mobile,” he said, referring to TV’s science-minded secret agent.
Langowski and co-workers entered Routzahn in an online contest that concludes in May, National Mobility Awareness Month. The public may vote for a person to win the kind of specially equipped van he needs to get around.
Langowski helped write Routzahn’s nomination for the prize: “There are countless days his van won’t start or parts are rusted, broken or missing.”
“If he misses work, it’s usually because of his van,” Langowski said. “He’s here every day he can be.”
Routzahn brings something unique to the students, she said: “a little bit of hope that maybe it’s not so bad.”
He finds that students who are having a bad day or a difficult time may be more open to him than others.
“It’s so rewarding,” he said. “They’ll open their door. … You want to be there.”
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