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August 3, 2002 – Las Vegas, NV. While Eric Bostrom earned two more AMA Superbike podiums last weekend at Mid-Ohio, a very special fan watched from pit row. Although suffering from Crohns disease, Megan Colson made the ten hour
drive from her home in Murray, Kentucky after discovering that her father’s request to have Megan be Eric’s umbrella girl was granted.
Megan’s father, Kennie Colson, was ecstatic after the successful weekend. “It was the best ever. I thought when we left Murray that this would be a great experience but that doesn't even begin to describe it. It was the greatest couple of days of Megan's life and it sure made her feel great, something she hasn't felt in a long time due to the Crohns. Everyone I have told thinks this
is just too cool, too awesome, and to people like us, it is! I wish the whole world could understand that motorcycle racers such as Eric are more than just some guy on a Harley - as a lot of people think only of the Harley type when
they think of motorcycles. This is just the kind of thing that could and should bring AMA Superbike racing and World Superbike up to the level of sports in America like NASCAR Racing, as well it should be.”
Megan took to the role of being Eric’s umbrella girl like a champ. “Most of the time I just tried to stay out of the way and let Eric focus on the race. It still seems to amaze me that I got to be one of Eric Bostrom's umbrella girls.
Rachel and I walked out to the grid and got ready for the race to begin. I had a little trouble getting the umbrella down the first day but one of Eric's crew members helped me figure it out. Eric's crew members were all very nice to me
and I loved them all as well as Rachel and Eric. I just want to thank everyone that made this happen for me. It was the BEST thing that has happened to me. I have all my pictures from the races up on my wall along with the shirts Eric and
Rachel gave me. Thanks once again; this was the best experience in my life!”
The experience was a positive one for Eric, as well, as he got to meet one of his big fans. “It was actually really cool. And it was pretty funny because she was so excited that you almost couldn’t talk to her. She was on some sort
of cloud nine. But I think it helped us, having her there. It brought a good feeling to the team at the start the race. She was all jazzed up and all of us were pretty hyped up too. We thought we had a chance to win the thing, and sure
enough, we did. And her dad was pretty fired up, too. He turned out to be the type of guy you wouldn’t think would be a road racing fan. I don’t know how much he was into bikes ever. He just started watching road racing on television, on SPEED Channel, and after that he was just totally hooked. Now he likes going to them, too. It’s really cool. I think most people sometimes need a formal introduction to get into something, whereas Kennie just sat down to
watch it one day and fell in love with it.”