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Geico Honda Rider Tomac To Host Very Special Guest This Weekend At Dallas SX
Posted by: newsla on Feb 15, 2014 - 05:19 AM
Geico Honda Rider Tomac To Host Very Special Guest This Weekend At Dallas SX

GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac is taking extraordinary steps to help a young fan support an injured friend this weekend at the Monster Energy Supercross race at At&T Stadium near Dallas.


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Twelve-year-old Sammy Cordova suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash last November during a motocross race in New Mexico, and his good friend Brodie Utley wanted to do something to keep Cordova's spirits up.

Eli Tomac Cordova was in a coma after the accident, but that didn't stop Utley from trying to help. Knowing his friend really liked Tomac, a popular pro rider from Cortez, Colo., Utley wrote Tomac a letter about his friend. He asked if he could get an autograph from Tomac, thinking he could put it by Cordova's bedside to make him feel better.

Tomac was so moved by the selfless letter - Utley asked only for an autograph for Cordova, not for himself - that he signed his race-worn jersey from the Phoenix Supercross event and sent it to Utley.

But the 450 rider didn't stop there. He promptly invited Utley and his family - including his sister and his mom, who didn't know Utley had written Tomac - to this weekend's race in Dallas.

"There are some great people in this world, and Brodie certainly is one of them, even though he's just a kid," Tomac said. "I thought his sympathy for Sammy was very cool and his unselfishness for his friend really touched me. The world can be a cruel place and this sport we all love can be brutal, but then you see something like this and you're just lifted up."

Cordova's accident was Nov. 9 at Aztec Motocross Track in Aztec, N.M., and he suffered multiple injuries. He spent seven weeks in the intensive care unit at the University of New Mexico Hospital and on Jan. 19 was moved to UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment.

Cordova started racing motocross at age 6 and is ranked first in his age group in two classes in his area.

"I'm happy to have Brodie come to Dallas to see us race, and I hope to see Sammy and his family sometime soon, too," Tomac said. "Me and Brodie are definitely pulling for him."

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