Kay Beard is a retired Army veteran who served during Desert Storm. In 2007, Kay was given a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis that incapacitated the use of her feet, leaving her to rely on the use of a wheelchair to get around. During this time, Kay was not permitted to drive via doctor's orders. In 2015, Kay was cleared for driving, but had to take Driver's Ed to relearn hand controls due to cognitive dysfunctions. Kay had received an Adaptive Auto Grant through the VA, which is a one-time benefit towards a vehicle that equipped her with the necessary equipment, such as a driver-side seat lift and camper to get herself in and out of her truck, in addition to special hand controls that assisted with her driving. Kay enjoys working around her house, building and working with wood, and fishing! In July 2019, Kay was rediagnosed as having Neuromyelitis Optica, which is a nervous system disorder in which the immune system reacts against its own cells, affecting the eye nerves and the spinal cord. On November 6, 2019, while staying at a hotel out-of-town to attend doctor's appointments, Kay's specially built truck and wheelchair were stolen from the hotel and have not been recovered since. Donations to Kay will help restore her independence and daily mobility, by helping her purchase a new wheelchair, paying insurance deductibles and equipping another vehicle with the specialized equipment needed for her to get around on her own.