Grave Digger 30th Anniversary Fan Favorite Memory
By Monster Jam Media
Dear Mr. Dennis Anderson, Congratulations on 30 years! I
know your website has been asking for fans to relate their favorite Grave Digger
experiences over the years. I felt I had to take the time to write you a letter
to describe our favorite experiences over the last 12 years as fans!
Back in February
2000, we lived in a suburb of Philadelphia. We got tickets to the Monster Jam
show in Philadelphia because our seven year old developmentally disabled son
was very interested in Monster trucks. A few days before the show, our son,
Shayne, had a seizure that did not stop. We called 911 and he was hospitalized
in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a week. Unfortunately, we missed the
show. My husband e-mailed you and explained the circumstances. We wanted to
know if we could purchase a book from the show. A few days later, Shayne
received a box of goodies- a hat, patches, and two autographed souvenir books!
We were so touched! Shayne loved it! It took us a whole year of doctor
appointments to get Shayne diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Delay (a form
of Autism) and Epilepsy.
At that time, I finally was able to sit down and write you a
thank you note. In the note, I explained that Shayne was learning to tell time
because he knew when Monster Jam was on TV. Within weeks, a Grave Digger clock
came in the mail for Shayne. The clock is still on his wall today! We couldn’t
believe how compassionate and generous you have been.
Since then, we have been to the Monster Jam every year! We
started vacationing in Kill Devil Hills each year. We always had to make
Digger’s Dungeon a priority on vacations! We have enjoyed the addition of the
petting zoo and the diner. Once, you and your family were eating breakfast in
the diner at the same time as us! Shayne was so excited, he could barely eat!
We have been to many events at the Muddy Motorsports Park as well. Shayne still
talks about Ryan and Adam driving suburbans through the trailers!
We have been fortunate enough to meet you on several
occasions! You have always taken time to talk to Shayne (sometimes, it is very
difficult for unfamiliar listeners to understand him) and of course, take a
great picture with him, no matter how many people are waiting in line!
Seven years ago, we moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Shayne’s
room is decorated with a huge Grave Digger decal and all the autograph pictures
throughout the years. We haven’t been to Kill Devil Hills in about three years.
We continue to go to the Monster Jam show each year, including the Pit Party!
This year, we splurged and bought the VIP all access tickets! Shayne is now 19
years old. When Shayne met you this year, you took the time to sign his truck,
his book, the shirt he was wearing and the shirt that he had brought along! You
listened to him carefully as he wished you luck. Needless to say, he was super
excited that you doubled down that night!
One of these years, we want to surprise him with tickets to
the World Finals in Las Vegas! As a mom, there is no greater gift than to watch
your child’s face light up with pure joy! I thank you from the bottom of my
heart for always taking the time with Shayne throughout the years and for
bringing him joy! We will continue to be devoted fans! We look forward to
seeing a show sometime with all the Andersons!
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