CHARDON -- Nick Walczak has spent hours in rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center, preparing for the day he'll finally go home.
Today he got his wish.
A few red balloons and signs welcomed him to a quiet homecoming to his home now fitted with wheelchair ramps provided by the United Way.
The shooting left Nick paralyzed from the waist down.
His first priority is seeing his family and friends and doing something that feels normal.
"I want to go to the movies. I want to go to the mall," Nick says.
He also wants to visit with the parents of the shooting victims, Demetrius Hewlin, Danny Parmetor and Russell King.
Nick says he'll return to school and, maybe, even his old job as a cashier at a local gas station.
His dream of becoming an electrical contractor like his Dad isn't over, but he knows it may have to be altered some. He's grateful and ready for the challenges ahead.
"Got to move on. It's not the end of the world. The end of the world to me would be if I died," Nick says.
Nick was chosen as a local hero for the Mobility Awareness Month contest. With enough votes, he may win one of three mobility vehicles being given away.
You can vote for him by clilcking HERE. Make sure to use the promo code 848 as it will give each vote an additional five points.
In addition, there's a benefit to help Nick being held at Pleasant Hills Golf Course, 13561 Aquilla Road, in Chardon on Saturday April 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and include a spaghetti dinner, Chinese Auction, door prizes and a cash bar.
There's also a reverse raffle with a $1,000 grand prize. Contact Cheryl at (216) 385 5533 for more information.