Alisha Waters: Shot by her husband and paralyzed, NKY woman hopes to win wheelchair-accessible van

Waters asks for votes in online contest

FLORENCE, Ky. - Alisha Waters' estranged husband shot her five times, took his own life and left her a quadriplegic.

But Waters has vowed to walk again and to campaign for new laws to protect women and men from domestic violence.

She is working hard on her exercises and getting some small movement back.

What she really needs is a wheelchair-accessible van to help her get around. So she entered an online contest and hopes to get enough votes to win.

"Things have been good … hard and frustrating at times," Waters told WCPO Tuesday.

Waters is wiggling her fingers and toes. But the stress is getting around town.

"In order to get her into a regular car or van,  you have to get her out of her chair with a Hoyer lift ," said her mother, Tammy Russell.

That process is very time consuming.

"We rely on a very good friend to take us out and take us places," Waters said.

A wheelchair accessible vehicle could cost more than $70,000. Waters is using her money to pay medical bills.

So Waters' uncle, Eddie Scudder, entered her in a contest to try to win a van.

It's part of National Mobility Awareness Month from equipment dealers that convert cars and vans.

The contest started Tuesday.

"It started about four hours ago and we have like 100 votes now. So were trying," Waters said.

To help Alisha, go to and vote for her.

People can vote once a day until May 9.


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