St. Landry

Mar 20, 2013 3:42 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Scott resident needs your help to win wheelchair accessible van

Scott resident, Samuel Gold, 36, has cerebral palsy and has entered a contest put on by the National Mobility Education Dealers Association to win a new wheelchair accessible vehicle, valued at $60,000. The person with the most votes wins the van.  Click here to vote for him.

Gold currently has a wheelchair accessible van, but it is old and constantly needing costly repairs.

National Mobility Awareness Month is the inaugural May celebration that encourages people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. To spread the word, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) will be giving away a free wheelchair van to a Local Hero.

A Local Hero is anyone in your community - a caregiver, veteran or person with a disability - who is dealing with or overcoming mobility challenges.

The search is on from the beginning of March through May 13, 2012 - when NMEDA hopes to find those 3 Local Heroes and give them each a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle - no strings attached.

The top 3 Local Heroes to receive a customized wheelchair vehicle will be chosen from written or videotaped stories submitted to The site has all the rules and regulations.

The voting for the contest ends March 25, 2013 and the winners are announced on May 30th and 31st 2013. You can vote from your computer one time every 24 hours or from a smartphone you can vote two times a day which is twice in 24 hours. Please note when voting to enter your first and last name along with your email address.




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