A Champion man decided to pay it forward by giving his friend something she both wanted and needed.
Nadine Winters of Champion signed the title to her new car on Thursday. The act was significant since just three weeks ago, she could not see.
For the past 13 years, Winters has had intracranial hypertension. About a year and a half ago, it completely robbed her of her sight.
“I’m still blind in my right eye. I’ve been blind in my right eye now for six years completely, but I started to get my left eye back and I said I want to drive again. That was my main goal because last year on my birthday I had to surrender my driver’s license and at 38 years old, that was very hard,” Winters said.
She has been friends with Frank Fordeley, owner of Nonnie’s Motors in Champion, for 25 years. On Thursday, she went to see him.
“Before she left, she says ‘I wish I could get a break to get something really nice’ and it stuck in my mind, and I didn’t even think twice about it,” Fordeley said of the surprise gift for his friend.
“When he called me and told me to come up here I”m thinking ‘oh geez what does he want? I can’t get this car, I can’t',” Winters said.
But Fordeley didn’t want to sell Nadine a car. He wanted to give her one.
He told her to pick out any car on his lot. She chose a 2004 silver Dodge Stratus.
She had no idea it was coming and even after the shock wore off, she still couldn’t believe it.
“I’m amazed. I”m just amazed. I”m so blessed to know people like him,” Winters said.
And now Fordeley is hoping someone else will pay it forward.
“Hopefully somebody will see what I did and maybe they’ll do the same thing for somebody else,” Fordeley said.
On Friday, Winters’ journey will come full-circle, when she takes her driver’s test and can take her new car home.
“Tomorrow I will be an official driver again. With a car,” she said.