Cancer survivor wins Toyota Corolla in Hands-On Contest

Cancer survivor wins Toyota Corolla in Hands-On Contest

Southeast DC resident Amos Robinson drew the winning key to start up a brand new Toyota Corolla in the 2014 Toyota Hands-On Contest. After successfully starting the Corolla engine, Robinson raised his arms and cried, Thank you, God! He was one of five contestants still physically attached to the car when the six-day contest ended. The other four finalists each received a $500 cash consolation prize.

I wanted this so bad for my daughter! Robinson said through tears. Shes doing so well in college studying to be a news anchor. She stuck by me when I had cancer. Im so thankful for this car.

Said Andres Quintero, who competed in the Hands-On Contest for the third time, Im a little disappointed that I didnt win, but Amos deserved it more and Im happy for him.

Each contestant was allowed to bring only one blanket, one change of clothes and one set of toiletries. A 15-minute break was scheduled every three hours.

Robinson said he saw the Toyota Hands-On Contest several years ago and said to himself, One day, Im going to do that. He called the experience life changing, having to sleep on the show floor and rely on friends to bring him food. It made me appreciate life.

Onsite to congratulate the finalists was Tamara Darvish of DARCARS, who was there on behalf of the Washington Area Toyota Dealers who sponsored the contest in conjunction with Mid-Atlantic Toyota. Also on hand for the contest were the Sports Junkies from 106.7 The Fan.

WAS chairman Kevin Reilly and WAS producer Gerard Murphy were present to congratulate the five contestants and ultimately Mr. Robinson, the winner, but also to commend the Toyota dealers for bringing back the popular Auto Show Contest.

Tammy Darvish and I remember well how Toyota teamed up with the Auto Show in rolling out many Hands-On Contests and the contagious excitement it generates from the news coverage, said Murphy. This years Hands-On Contest was as successful as any I remember, and the basis, we hope, for a return engagement at next years Auto Show.

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