Justin Salter, who has cerebral palsy, is asking for your help to gain the votes needed to buy a new van. (WRDW-TV / May 9, 2012)
Click here to vote for Justin Salter. Make sure to enter promo code "739"
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, May 9, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- It's a chance to help a local high school student continue his mission of educating others.
Earlier this year, News 12 introduced you to 17-year-old NASCAR fan Justin Salter, a Greenbrier student suffering from cerebral palsy.
Salter and his mother, Heloise Salter, are loading up the family van.
"It would really help to be able to have that dependable transportation," she said.
But the Salters' van is just about on its last leg.
"Did you say that mom has ran the tires off your van like a NASCAR?" his mother joked with him.
In support of National Mobility Awareness Month, a Florida company is saluting local heroes with a contest for a shiny, new, handicapped-accessible van.
"They're not cheap; 12 years ago my van was about $45,000, and now they're about $70,000," his mother said. "We had to write a letter indicating why we thought Justin was a local hero in this area."
And Salter is a hero to a lot of local students. He travels around to schools in the area teaching others about his life and his battle.
"He just shines, his smile, and he loves people, and he just wants to be a part of the group," his mother described. "Although he has cerebral palsy, and he has limitations, it doesn't stop him from being able to live a life that's full."
Three families will win new vans, and the Salters hope they're one of them.
"Right now, Justin has nearly 4,000 votes and there's a lot of competition out there. There's hundreds of people who've entered this contest," his mother said.
But don't just take mom's word for it -- with the help of a computer, Salter will tell you himself.
"I need a new van very bad," Salter typed and a computer read aloud.
The top 10 percent of contestants will move on to phase two of the contest. Voting ends Sunday. Click here to vote for Salter. Make sure to enter promo code "739."
There are also two other local folks in the contest you could help, too -- Terrence Sansbury from Augusta and Josephine Prescott from Aiken. They could also use some votes while you're there.