Instead of drawing a design for Dan Wheldon's crash helmet, then 9-year-old Sophie Banker of Bedford started cutting.
"Her design was with her security blanket that she drug around with her everywhere,” said her mother Diane. “She actually took pieces of the fabric and had glued them on the helmet to give him a little bit of a security blanket.”
Sophie got to present her design to Wheldon at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in 2008.
The racing star knew instantly it was perfect. He had this to say about it back in 2008, "I think it was Sophie's story. She's a very, very determined young girl and she was diagnosed at 3-years-old.”
When she met Wheldon, Sophie was in recovery for treatment of brain tumors. Presently, Sophie is 13-years-old and doing well. Her mother said word of Wheldon's death has been devastating.
"We couldn't believe that the nicest guy in racing... Um, that it would have been him," said Sophie.
Even through her recovery and pain, Sophie was most concerned about Wheldon's safety on the track. Now, she wants his family to know she is thinking about them.
"As we carry it forward, their loss, to know that they have people that support them," said Sophie.
Young Hoosier remembers Dan Wheldon