What Matters Most

Every now and then I receive an email that makes me pause. This past week I read one that did just that. Victories and championships are how some people measure success. But, it should also be measured in other ways. Thank you Beverly for allowing me to share your story.

Dear Jeff,

Congratulations on a great year! I know it was trying at times, but I still remain your #1 fan. I am a terminally ill cancer patient and I admire you for everything you are and have accomplished. I truly love your faith in God and admire that you always thank God for your good fortunes. I have a great collection of Jeff Gordon collectibles. It is very hard here in Canada to acquire items and if I order from the U.S., with the exchange rate on our money, I can not afford what I would like to have. The other day, I received a letter from you with an autographed collector card, thanking me for sending a birthday card to you this past summer. That really blew me away! Any time I get something in the mail with "Jeff Gordon Fan Club" as a return address, I can't wait to open it. By the way, I am Fan #15162 in the JGNFC.

I had the pleasure of meeting you and having my picture taken with you on June 12, 1997. I will never forget that day and after I had my picture taken with you, I stood at the front of the #24 car and watched you with great pride. You truly are one terrific guy! I mailed a picture that my granddaughter had drawn of your car. You returned it with a note saying, "Nice Job," and autographed it for me. When that envelope was in my mailbox, I broke down and cried because I knew what was inside it. You can truly make me feel good.

My whole family knows how much you mean to me and they do what they can to find anything pertaining to "Jeff Gordon". I was told in August 1999, that I have terminal cancer and have been given more or less one year to live. My family asked me if there was anything that I would like to do before dying. Without a hesitation, I said I would like to fly down to Daytona and see your #24 car that you won the Daytona 500 in and walk on the track. Of course, I would like to see you again also, but I do not know how that will happen. Unfortunately, I can not afford to fly down to Daytona, but I am happy with what I have. I am hoping that you and Brooke have a wonderful Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous Year 2000! I mailed a Christmas card for you and Brooke and enclosed a letter to you as well. When I found this web site, I couldn't help but write you this letter.

With love and admiration,

Beverly York
Napanee, Ontario, Canada

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