Jordan Thomas would like your vote. Thomas, 20, of Chattanooga, Tenn., is one of CNN’s “Top 10 CNN Heroes” for his work with the Jordan Thomas Foundation, which he founded at age 16 to provide prosthetics for children in need.
A double amputee himself, Thomas has received $25,000 as a finalist and will compete as “CNN Hero of the Year,” which comes with an additional $100,000 award. Votes are being conducted through an online poll at CNN.com/Heroes. The winner will be announced in a CNN T.V. special on Thanksgiving night.
Thomas lost both of his legs in a boating accident in 2005. The top-of-the-line prosthetics he was fitted with cost about $24,000. After learning that many insurance plans cover only about $5,000, Thomas began the Jordan Thomas Foundation, which has raised more than $400,000 to provide prosthetics for children in need through bracelets, charity golf tournaments and cookouts.
Each year, the CNN Heroes program honors everyday people making a difference. If you’d like to apply, check out the CNN Heroes page.