RIVER JOHN – Eric Heighton, a quadriplegic from River John, has amassed nearly 30,000 votes in his bid to win a wheelchair accessible van through a National Mobility Awareness Month contest.
His vote count of 27,164 as of Wednesday leaves him in fourth place overall but all is not lost as, according to his wife Maxine, the winners are determined differently than previously reported.
“They take the top five per cent of the contestants and they will go before a panel of judges who will select the three winners, which will be announced on May 31,” said Maxine.
Although the news was only recently brought to the Heightons’ attention, the contestant still remains positive about his chances.
“It was in the fine print, but it’ll be more fair and honest,” said Eric. “With any contest, there are computer people who know how to get votes. There’s one girl with 50,000 votes. She’s getting 5,000 votes a day.”
Heighton said with the way the contest works, it will be easier for them to get into the top five per cent and have a better shot at winning a van.
“I’ll be in the top five per cent if people keep voting,” he said, still keeping his positive attitude. “It’ll be based on my story, not by age or anything.”
A former marine engineer, Heighton was paralyzed a decade ago when he fell down the stairs while sleepwalking.
For more information on Heighton and his accident, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Eric-Heighton-Win-a-Wheel-chair-Van-We-need-votes/274947139304439?fref=ts
To cast your vote for Heighton, visit: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/eric-heighton-river-john-nova-scotia/