Dale Earnhardt Jr. Meets Make-a-Wish Child

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 09:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, stands by his car during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500 on May 9, 2009 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Today while surfing the Internet, I came across an article about Dale Earnhardt Jr.

This wasn't your usual "He sucks!" or "Get rid of Tony Jr." article. Instead it was about Make-A-Wish.

A little boy by the name of Mikey was the one chosen to get his wish granted. His wish being to meet no other than Earnhardt Jr.

Since birth, Mikey has been battling with a life threatening disease. Most of his limbs can't function properly. He was born without a thumb or the forearm to attach it. At only 4 months old he underwent open heart surgery.

Despite all of these health concerns, he got to full fill his dream. He and his family got the opportunity to go to South Carolina and watch the Darlington race.

Mikey didn't have much to say to Earnhardt Jr. all day long, but as Earnhardt got up to leave, Mikey ran after him, hugged his leg and said "I love you, Junior!"

Earnhardt Jr. hugged him back and said: "I love you too, Buddy!"

That was the part of the article that I started crying.

I began to think about how everyone is saying that he can't drive and wants to know why he has as many fans as he does, well here is you answer.

He meets with a Make-A-Wish kid every week and talks to them like they are normal children.

This is the reason I'm a member of Junior Nation and I think that most of his fans would agree.


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