Spring Break is here, and this weekend thousands of people will party for St. Patrick's Day, flooding bars and the parade route along Lower Greenville.
Alcohol can play a big part in the celebrations, and a McKinney woman knows the dangers of drinking and driving first hand.
Tonya Winchester was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident days after she graduated from McKinney North High School in 2005.
"We had been drinking that night," Winchester recalled.
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Realizing she was too drunk to drive, she says she gave her keys to a friend who ran a stop sign at Standifer Street and Highway 5.
An 18-wheeler struck their SUV on the passenger side where Winchester was sitting.
"Everything that I had ever wanted, hoped for, dreamed for, just all seemed completely impossible at that moment," she said.
Winchester spent three weeks in a coma. She was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed for life.
She's now a motivational speaker.
But because she uses a wheelchair, getting into a van to travel to her events takes a least two people, and the process doesn't always go as planned.
"People cancel on me a lot, and so I have to cancel the events, the opportunities that have been given to me to make a difference which I live for," Winchester said.
Getting to her events – or anywhere for that matter – could soon get a little easier.
There's a program that modifies vans so people in wheelchairs can operate them on their own.
The problem: Tonya's van is too old, with too many miles, to qualify.
"I already have the license. I have everything. I just need the van," she said.
Friends are now collecting donations to buy Winchester, not a new, but a newer van so she can be independent in her mission to inspire others to make good choices.
"Not having to rely on people, that would be a game changer," Winchester said.