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7:19 PM, Apr 11, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON -- It was six weeks ago today that three students were killed in a mass shooting at Chardon High School. Three other students are still recovering.

One of the survivors, Nick Walczak, was left paralyzed and in a wheelchair and the whole community is coming together to try and help him out.

Channel 3's Pamela Osborne brings us more about this special contest.

There's a contest taking place across the country where a local hero can win a specialized vehicle that is specially designed to be wheelchair accessible. These vehicles can cost $50,000.

Hundreds of people have entered to win but only three "heroes" will be selected to receive one of those vehicles.

M.C. Mobility has a contest for local heroes that will award a 2012 custom Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country or Honda Odyssey Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle to a worthy individual.

The entire community of Chardon is hoping you can help make that happen for Nick. Use the code number 848 when voting. Voting ends May 13.

Vote here for Nick Walczak

When it came to selecting a "local hero," there was no doubt in the minds of the people of Chardon that Nick was the one.

Lake Erie Video Productions recorded his return to school on March 30 Watch the YouTube video

Despite being paralyzed less than two months earlier, he returned to the school where it happened with strength and a smile.

Watch our exclusive interview with Nick Walczak

Recalling the very first moments when Nick arrived to school, onlookers say that he pulled up and his parents helped him out of their regular car. It was a struggle.

And when Chardon sees a struggle, together they look for a solution.

It was then that Chardon School District Communications Director Ellen Ondrey got a call about a contest.

There has been so much excitement about all of this that the website has actually crashed from all of that traffic and from hackers.

But at last check, Nick had more than 12,000 votes, putting him in the top 10 percent which he needs to make it to the next level, where a committee will decide which three people get one of three different vehicles.

Use the code 848 when voting.

Vote here for Nick Walczak

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