A CAR accident that left 19-year-old Ali Cook in a wheelchair ended her future dream of becoming a professional ballerina.
She now has a new dream and is calling on the community to help her realise it.
She has faced a number of tough challenges since the accident.
Without any family support she battled for and eventually won a financial settlement.
Shortly afterwards she was conned by a financial planning scam that left her with nothing.
She knows she will never dance again and her settlement money is gone forever but she still has a positive view of the world.
Ms Cook requires full-time care and cannot leave her Sanctuary Point home without the help of her carer Adam Crossingham.
One dream she believes she can achieve is to cook and she hopes to do that with the help of a $5000 grant.
Sunsuper Dreams is a program that offers $5000 each month to help an Australian achieve their dream.
If Ms Cook receives the most votes during August the funds will be presented to the Rotary Club of Sunrise Shoalhaven to help modify her kitchen.
“Unfortunately I can’t afford to make my kitchen wheelchair-friendly, so even the task of cooking is really hard for me,” Ms Cook said.
“I need clearance under the benches for my wheelchair and to be able to access cupboards.
“The stove is dangerous because I have to reach across the hotplates to use the controls and the oven is really too low.
“Because I have to use benches and the sink side-on, I get a lot of back pain.
“With the votes I was in first place for a little while but it has dropped down a bit lately.
“I really hope I can get this. Adam’s doing things every day for me that I can never repay him for.
“Cooking would be something I could do,” she said.
To vote for Ms Cook visit sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/
VOTE: Ali Cook hopes enough people vote for her so she can modify her kitchen to be wheelchair accessible. To vote for Ms Cook visit sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/view/help-wheelchair-bound-ali-use-her-own-kitchen-1. Photo: DAMIAN McGILL