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Denny Hamlin Helmet Design Contest Winner – Bernard “Sonny” VanBuskirk III

March 5, 2009

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The winner of the Denny Hamlin Helmet Design Contest is Bernard “Sonny” VanBuskirk III, the 11-year-old son of Express Operations Manager Bernard VanBuskirk.

In February 1998, the March of Dimes mission to give every baby a healthy start struck close to home for the VanBuskirk family. After a routine check-up, doctors determined Sonny’s mother would need to deliver early to protect her health and that of Sonny. Weighing only 3 pounds and small enough to fit in the palm of his father’s hand, Sonny was born 7 weeks prematurely. After 5 long weeks and fear Sonny may not survive, the VanBuskirk’s finally brought home their son.

Eleven years later, Sonny is a healthy, vibrant boy. Because of the March of Dimes and the medical care Sonny received 11 years ago, he is playing baseball, attending NASCAR races with his father and grandfather, helping his mother to cook and take care of his Nanna and walking in the March for Babies event each spring.

Comments

    tracey clark says:

    Congrats Sonny! I can’t wait to see the design..

    Barry Straub says:

    Where can I see a picture of the winning entry?
    thanks, Barry

    Tracie says:

    Congratulations! How exciting!

    Bee says:

    CONGRATS! What a great accomplishment, Sonny! How happy you must be. We are looking forward to seeing your design.

    Veena Samuel says:

    Congratulations Sonny! After reading the story of your birth, I just can’t wait to see the design along with your picture.

    Laquita says:

    Congratulations Sonny! This is truly an outstanding honor for an eleven yr. old. Glad to hear you are enjoying your youth with the help of God and a great organization like March of Dimes. Looking forward to seeing your design.

    LORRIE STEWART says:

    Congratulation Sonny!!!!! I can’t wait to your design.

    Pauline Lacina says:

    SO PROUD OF MY SONNY,
    I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR DESIGN.
    LOVE YOU, NANA LACINA

    DAVID MOYLAN says:

    Crongrats Sonny,,,Your Parents must be very PROUD of you…

    Patti Doster says:

    Congratulations! When my daughter was 11 years old she won a safety poster contest for Fedex. Now she is 26 and going to art college! Keep up the good work and if you love to draw stick with it! It is truly a God given talent!

    Hermann says:

    Way to go ,Sonny!!
    Congrats to this great achievement! Herm

    Robert Torba, Jr says:

    Congratulations! Great job!

    I used to work with Sonny’s dad Bernie at the AVP station in Scranton, PA.

    Way to go!

    Nana and Grandpa Kalber says:

    Way to go Sonny!!! We are so proud of you. Hope you enjoy your trip to Texas and all that is involved. We love you with all our hearts.

    becky reeves says:

    CONGRATS SONNY! CANT WAIT TO SEE THE DESIGN! SEE YOU SOMETIME THIS SUMMER! FROM YOUR COUSINS JOSH AND BECKY

    Uncle Brian says:

    Congratulations Sonny!!!! We are very proud of you. Have a great time in Dallas. Enjoy the special momemts I’m sure you will have.
    Love, Uncle Brian, Aunt Kim, and Christian

    Aunt Karen & the gang says:

    Great Job Sonny! Wonderfully written story and terrific design…your creativity will take you a long way. Keep up the good work. we all love you very much.

    Sonny VanBuskirk says:

    Thank you everyone for your nice comments. We had a fun time at the presentation event. Don’t forget to watch the race on the 18th and look for the helmet. Go to Nascar.com and enter March of Dimes in the search field and click on the video under the picture of Denny Hamlin in the gocart holding the checkered flag. This will give you a video clip of the presentation day in Dallas. When we get settled from the trip we will figure out a way to post more pictures of the helmet. Thanks for the support and please help the March of Dimes if you can.

    Sonny VanBuskirk says:

    thank you for the comments it was alot of fun in TX i hope i get another chance to go.

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