A special day for one little boy

On Saturday, April 30, Tammy Van Dam, Jill Venard, Kim Deuter and Karen Lindquist went to the Quad City Monster Jam in Moline, Illinois. While they were down in the pit, they witnessed Grave Digger driver Cole Venard with Kyle Medinger. Kyle had his wheelchair all decorated with “Grave Digger.” Cole signed Kyle’s flag on his wheelchair and then went and got his flag off of the Grave Digger monster truck and attached it to Kyle’s wheelchair. The following note was sent to Tammy Van Dam, Cole’s mother.
    Hi I am so sorry to bother you but there is a few thing that I would like to say. My son Kyle had the privilege to meet your son Cole over the weekend. Kyle suffers from a seizure disorder that has taken away his ability to speak with words; also it limits his movements he can make. Kyle can communicate with the use of a sound board and we did not bring it with us to the Monster Jam on Saturday and Kyle was very upset with us. I did want to let you know that we had a very long conversation with Kyle and his classmates at school and he was telling them all about meeting Cole. Kyle did not just like Cole because he was the driver of Grave Digger that night – he made that clear. He has always looked up to him because of all that he does with just having the one leg. During Kyle’s talk he was going on saying that for once he did not feel left out at an event because of his disability, but he actually felt like he was the coolest person that was there because he got the real deal flag. Most of the times people think that Kyle does not understand what is going on, but he has full mental capacity. Kyle gets so frustrated and down a lot because of people, and ever since he met Cole he has changed. He says if he can do it with issues so can I! So I just wanted to thank you and your family for Saturday from Kyle. I wish there was more people in Cole’s position that would take the time and thought for kids and fans like Kyle. Thanks again!
    You guys can use Kyle’s story and Kyle’s photos whenever you would like. We are fine with that. You and your family are amazing people so anytime you can share the story, please do! Everyone should know how amazing and caring Cole and you guys are.

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