TAMPA, Florida (June 10, 2014) – Today, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) announced the four winners of the 2014 National Mobility Awareness Month Local Heroes Contest. With 1,425 Local Hero entries and more than four million votes cast, the campaign set records making it the most successful National Mobility Awareness Month (NMAM) event to date. Sponsors, Toyota, Chrysler, Mobility Ventures LLC, BraunAbility and VMI will be providing four wheelchair accessible vehicles and conversions. This year an additional 11 individuals in communities across North America are also receiving wheelchair accessible vehicles thanks to generous individuals and local organizations who have either donated a vehicle or purchased a new vehicle to contestants who entered their stories in the online contest.
The four NMAM Local Heroes are:
- Antonio Dowels from Riverview, Florida
- Courtney Boyll from Moulton, Alabama
- Linda Stearns from Oak Lawn, Illinois
- Kyle Watson from Val Therese, Ontario, Canada
Throughout the competition, thousands of individuals, caregivers, friends and family submitted written or a video that told stories about overcoming mobility obstacles and pursuing goals and ambitions. “Local Hero” entries were submitted at MobilityAwarenessMonth.com.
“The Local Heroes Contest is such a rewarding part of what we do at NMEDA. Each year the awareness for mobility challenges and solutions continues to grow. We thank our members, contest sponsors and the hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals who rallied this year to make National Mobility Awareness Month special once again. I also want to personally thank the millions who took the time to read and learn about all of the Local Heroes in our contest and then cast their votes,” said Dave Hubbard, NMEDA CEO.