As 6 year old Evan opens the door of the Legoland Village Cottage, he has the biggest grin on his face possible. He turns back to his mom and says, “Look mom he is a real racecar driver.” It took Evan three years to have his dream of coming to Florida and visiting Disney come true. It was well worth the wait though because he got to hang out with Dylan, a racecar driver. Dylan of course loaded them up with a crew t-shirt, stickers, hero cards and coloring books. They were extremely excited when they found out that Dylan had arranged with his crew chief, Chad Pierce for them to have VIP seats and a backstage tour of the stunt show, “Lights, Motors, Action!” at Hollywood Studios.
Evan’s mother, Christy visited the Sunshine Foundation website to get info about their village. It is there that she saw that Dylan was a supporter of them. She then started to follow Dylan’s racing career. She recently saw an article about Dylan visiting the kids at the Shriners. At this point she reached out to Dylan and asked him if he would come meet her sons, Evan and Jake. Dylan was honored to be asked to be a part of their dream vacation to Florida. Evan and his older brother Jake showed Dylan the cool Lego racecars they had built. Well, you know that it didn’t take long for this racecar driver to sit right down and build him a racecar too.
Evan was quick to show Dylan his new braces on his legs. He got to pick them out and they had skulls on them. Evan did not allow his spina bifida to slow him down for one minute. He was eager to build and talk to Dylan about fast racecars. Evan’s older brother did have some good advice for Dylan though. Jake said, “When you need to get around a guy it is easy. You just go up high around him in the corner and drift. That is how you get pass him.” Dylan laughed and told him he would definitely be trying that in his next race.
Little Evan will be going to the Shriners Hospital this summer for surgery on his hips. This was a nice vacation for him before his surgery and months of rehab and recovery. Wanda Curtis, Family and Property Manager appreciatively said, "We at the Sunshine Foundation Dream would like to thank Dylan Martin for taking time to make a special visit to meet Evan and his family. The Sunshine Foundation has been answering the dreams of children with lifelong chronic conditions and abused since 1976. We are grateful for the support of Dylan and his team."
Christy, Evan’s mother had this to say about their experience, “The fact that Dylan took time out not only to come meet my boys but stay and play a while. He also brought them goodies and set up an AMAZING backstage tour at the Stunt show at Hollywood Studios!! We have loved and followed Dylan for almost 2 years now after seeing pictures of him doing an event at the Dream Village and noticing he helps Shriner's Hospital too. In our book he hangs the moon as Evan has been touched by BOTH organizations Dylan is involved with. This trip was our fun for the summer because on June 30 he will have hip surgery at Shriner's Hospital in Shreveport, LA and be in a body cast for 6 weeks. I know Dylan will go far in life just from the compassion he shows others and I pray daily that my 2 boys turn out half as AWESOME as Dylan is. Now back to words about "stuff" we did. The boys LOVED having a race car build off against Dylan. They LOVED their shirts and mommy will be ordering her one soon too!! When we got to the stunt show they were excited but covered their ears in the beginning. They got used to it pretty quick though and took them down and enjoyed the rest of the show. After the show they went backstage and sat in the cars and got to ask several questions and see all the "tricks" of how the show works!! Thank You again SO much!!
If you would like more information about the Dream Village go to www.SunshineFoundation.org
Special Thanks to Chad Pierce of Pierce Motorsports for arranging their VIP treatment at Lights, Motors, Action!
(Photos by Kim Scheffler and Christy Renfroe & Press Release Credit – Kim Scheffler)