As everyone knows, Aunty is an auto racing aficianado. Open wheel, street stock, super-modified, I've been to all of them, including both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500.
Well, as of yesterday, Aunty has a new FAVORITE Nascar driver, and his name is Carl Edwards. I happened to be watching the TV when Carl won the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway yesterday afternoon, and no, it was not his signature back-flip off the side of his race car that impressed me.
When the announcer stuck the microphone in his face and asked him about winning the race, Carl said he had spent part of the previous day visiting children in a local hospital. A little boy with cancer gave him his "courage necklace" and told Carl it would bring him good luck. Then, he pulled the necklace out and stuck it up to the camera where everyone could plainly read the beads, and said, "Thank you, Dalton."
That gesture touched my heart and made me a die-hard Carl Edwards fan!
Not many sports figures or celebrities will take their moment in the limelight to make an ill child feel special. But a class-act, real life hero like Carl Edwards did!