Cynthia had it all—a
happy marriage, two beautiful children and
a successful career. Then Cynthia’s
world was shattered by addiction. She
and her family suffered many hardships, and
Cynthia eventually ended up in prison. When
she was released three years later, she began
to rebuild her life.
Starting with nothing, step by step, she conquered
many difficulties, including transportation.
Utilizing HART line for two years, an opportunity
for reasonably priced housing became available.
She began attending school during the day and
working nights at the Hilton in Ybor, but it
was impossible for her to get home after work
riding the bus. Candace
Odierna, an advisor, referred her to Wheels
With the gift of transportation from Wheels,
Cynthia's life changed dramatically. While
attending school for Behavioral Health, she
was granted a scholarship which allowed her
to pursue her passion—law. She
recently graduated with honors from the University
of Miami Executive Paralegal Certification
Program, and she has moved to a new home in
a much safer area. Most importantly to
Cynthia, having a vehicle has given her the
opportunity to spend much more time with her
children, the light of her life.
In Cynthia’s words, “With
your generous support, you have given countless,
unobtainable opportunities to many, allowing
recipients to do so much more with their
lives, and more importantly, spending time
normally spent on public transportation with
children, family and loved ones. For
me, you have helped to get my life back and
through your gifts, you have allowed me to
give the gift of Mom, something truly priceless.
Thank you all.”