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Calling all pink bunnies with sunglasses!

Cal Ripken Jr. is looking for the next inductee into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame.

Like the famous Energizer Bunny, candidates must be people who do not quit. People whose drive and courage keep them going despite obstacles. People whose outlook on life is so positive they are unstoppable, just like the Energizer Bunny who keeps on going, beating his drum because his battery never runs out.

Energizer and Ripken — who happens to be an honorary member in the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame — started the contest in 2006 as a way to honor every day heros for the energy and perseverance they show in their daily lives.

Other past inductees include:

2006 — John O’Leary, of St. Louis, who was 9 years old when his life changed forever in a fire accident, leaving him with burns over 98 percent of his body. Not expected to live, O’Leary not only survived, he now operates his own rehabilitation business.

2007 — Melanie Goldish, of Chicago, who founded SuperSibs! — an international non-profit organization designed to help kids whose siblings are sick cope and feel special while they — and their families — deal with the difficult situation of treatment for their loved one.

2008 — Ron Bachman, of Detroit, who after the amputation of both his legs at the age of four, found freedom by walking on his hands. Now using a motorized scooter, he has grown to become a speaker and motivator to children and adults by founding Walk This Way.

All of us know Energizer Bunnies. A couple of years ago, I wrote about one of my favorites — an elderly lady whose body was so twisted and immobile she could no longer walk, but every day she inched her way down the halls of Bradenton Healthcare, pulling her wheelchair forward by the heel of one foot.

The winner will earn a $10,000 cash prize and a $5,000 donation to his or her favorite charity. To nominate someone, visit the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame Web site, www. energizerkeepgoinghall offame.com.

The deadline for nominations is March 31.

The nominees will be narrowed to a field of 100 semifinalists who will be honored in their hometowns. Then the judges will select 10 finalists whose names and stories will be posted online. At that point, America will be given a chance to vote online, starting June 26.

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