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Lee Hill E.S. student with diabetes needs your vote for trip to Olympics

Lee Hill Elementary student Ryan Palmer

Lee Hill Elementary School’s Ryan Palmer, a rising fifth-grader who lives with diabetes, is one of 10 finalists from across the U.S. and Canada for a free trip to this summer’s Olympics in London and needs your vote.

Ryan’s mom, Kassie Palmer, nominated him for the “Little Champions” photo contest sponsored by Procter and Gamble, makers of the Downy fabric softener. She provided the following story about Ryan, 10, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago.

“Ryan is a fierce goalie! I love to see him block shots, but even more, I love to hear him encouraging his team when they are down. I was most proud of him the day he was diagnosed with diabetes and insisted on going to his soccer game that night, saying, “the team needs me!” Diabetes hasn’t slowed him down, even when it means checking his blood sugar at halftime; getting shots of insulin on the sideline; or chugging juice to head off low-blood sugar before a game. We are so proud of him!”

Voting started Thursday and continues through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Here are the guidelines from Downy:

Hundreds of proud parents shared a photo and story of their Little Champion at their best. Only 10 Finalists were selected. Now they’re depending on you to vote and help them win a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Read their stories. Then vote for the Little Champion you think should go to London.

Official Contest Rules 

You can vote once each day.