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Teen amputee among local candidates up for hero award

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

A teenage quadruple amputee in Kelso is a candidate for a new set of wheels.

Nick Porter, 17, is in the running for the National Mobility Awareness Month hero award. If he gets enough online votes, he'll win a new wheelchair lift van that he said will give him more independence.

He is one of several local candidates you can vote for online.

Porter had meningococcal meningitis when he was 2 years old and had to have all of his limbs amputated as a result.

He's got a routine down pat, but he's hoping to change it up.

Right now he can only bring a folding wheelchair in his parents' car and that means they have to push him around.

If he were to get a wheelchair lift van, he'd be able to bring his motorized chair.

Porter's mother entered him in a contest to win that van through the National Mobility Awareness Month website.

The family says it would change his world.

"Enjoy the world that I like to be in and ... that I can go around town a lot more," Porter said.

You can vote for Porter and search for other local candidates to support at www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/local-heroes.

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