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Young Donovan's birthday party offers much to celebrate

What does any 5-year-old boy want for his birthday? Donovan Burns didn't want toys. Instead, he asked his friends to bring donation checks made out to the Dale Jr. Foundation, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: July 16, 2008, 12:57 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

For many little boys it's an impossible choice, every bit as difficult as ice cream vs. candy or Lightning McQueen vs. Thomas the Tank Engine:

Tony Hawk or Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Donovan Burns, a spry 5-year-old from Marietta, Ga., was quite interested in both, and gave both ample considerations.

"He was interested in the Tony Hawk one, too," said Donovan's mother, Tamara. "It was close between the two of them, but he chose Dale Earnhardt Jr. ...

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