The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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April 26, 2013

Shawn Wood's column on motorsports: You'll never walk alone

A month before the season began, I received a 'Thank You' card in the mail from Stevi Pusey (pronounced Pew-zee), the girlfriend of 410 sprint car driver Nate Snyder, of Halifax.

Getting such a card for something you did in my business is about as rare as finding a four-leaf clover.

While the content of the card is private, Pusey was thankful for the outpouring of support from the racing community while she was battling an illness.

The support from the racing community was something she didn't know was there.

She's been dating Snyder -- who didn't tell her he was a race car driver until their third date -- for more than four years.

Her grandfather, Ron Taylor, who owned R.F. Taylor & Sons, sponsored 410s in the late '80s and early '90s.

Pusey, who is originally from York, went to the races at Williams Grove and Lincoln speedways and played in the infield. Her favorite driver was Todd Shaffer and she's become friends with him and his family through racing.

It was about a year ago that she noticed something was not right with her health.

"My eyes swelled up as I slept," she said. "My doctor told me it was allergies for almost a year. I went to a new doctor and she looked at me and told me I had kidney problems."

So Pusey went and had a blood test done.

"The test showed that my kidney and liver functions were off, but since I had been living with it for a year, they gave me the OK to go on vacation," she said. "So Nate and I went on vacation and a day into it, my back swelled up. I thought they whipped me off the inner tube too hard in the lake and that I though I had pulled something. I gained a little more weight and I couldn't fit into my pants. So I went to the hospital there and they said you probably ate something that you are allergic to and we went back to our vacation."

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