HARRISBURG, N.C. -- A Harrisburg family is running out of time to honor a fallen soldier and help others. Christopher Barton was killed in 2010, serving in Afghanistan. His mother entered his picture in a national social media contest called "Who is your Hero". The winner will receive $5,000 to spend helping others.
Roy and Elaine Schmiedeshoff log on every morning to the Internet to cast their vote and win the "Who is Your Hero" Agility Recovery contest.
"At this point in our lives we thought we'd be dealing with a post war Christopher,” said Elaine Schmiedeshoff. “We had no, never thought we'd lose him."
Barton was killed serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Since that day, his parents have worked to make only good come from their son's death. They started a golf tournament, a scholarship fund and now entered his picture to win $5,000. If they win, the Schmiedeshoffs want to use the money to send care packages to other soldiers serving overseas.
"We still keep up with all the men that Christopher served with. They're on their second deployment,” said Roy Schmiedeshoff. “We recognize in a military family there's a real need out there to send those packages."
As of Friday morning, the Schmiedeshoff's were in third, about 2,000 votes behind the leader.
"This contest has been humbling in a lot of ways,” said VP of marketing at Agility Recovery Taylor Busby. “Humbling and I think inspiring. As superficial as this contest may seem, you see people really doing it for good and giving back to others."
Friday afternoon Barton's mother received a message from the group ahead of them. They represent a pit bull rescue group. They told Schmiedeshoff they are asking their supporters to now vote for Christopher Barton.