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Lee County boy makes a wish

October 1, 2007

Lee County--  What's your biggest wish? For some, it may be a new home, a new car or a dream vacation. One Lee County boy's wish is to meet his favorite race car driver. That wish is about to be granted.

As soon as you set foot in 8 year-old Easton Blanchard's bedroom, it's easy to see he's a fan of the number 8.

"Jr," said Easton.

Easton calls him Jr., as in Dale Earnhardt Jr. His face hits you from every angle.  You see it on everything from an autographed picture on the wall to a coffee can on the shelf.

"It just kind of continued that way," said mother Heather Blanchard.

From as young as 2-years-old, Easton has been a fan. That love of the sport spreads beyond his bedroom to a cabinet full of race car collectibles in the dining room. It's a passion that could serve as somewhat of a distraction from a disorder Easton was born with.

"He was born with muscular dystrophy," said Heather. In January things got worse. Easton endured 4 surgeries within 9 days, losing the majority of his intestines in the process.

"It's hard because you honestly want to be in that position and you don't want him to," said Heather.

It's been challenging for the Blanchard family but it got mom Heather to thinking.  How can we make things a little better for Easton? What's Easton's biggest wish?

"Going to Talladega," said Easton. We asked Easton, "How long have you wanted to do something like that?" 

 "A long time," he said.

From a wheelchair that even bears the number 8, Easton's biggest wish is to meet his NASCAR idol on the track. It's a wish that the Make-A-Wish Foundation knew had to take place as soon as they met Easton.

"When we came to visit him and I saw his room, I said man he's a true fan!," said Clara Hall with Make-A-Wish.

In May, the family found out the wish was a go, a not so checkered sign that anything can happen.

"He's got a tough road ahead of him. He's been through a tough road and I'd like him to continue and go down the road that he'd like to go down," said Heather.

Dreams do come true they say and soon this dream race car driver will leave this Lee County roadway to meet his favorite star on the Talladega track.

"I'm feeling good," said Easton. He's feeling good, and counting down the days.

Easton is awaiting an opening at a Pennsylvania hospital for a small bowel transplant. That surgery will be a week long process. He and his family will leave for Talladega on Thursday.  

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