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By Scott Hammerstrom
e-Buddies Program Manager, Pennsylvania

This is a new feature of the e-Beat! We will profile an e-Buddy every month. If you would like to be profiled, please e-mail Scott Hammerstrom at ScottHammerstrom@bestbuddies.org.

This month we are featuring Joy B.!

Joy B. is making the most of Best Buddies and e-Buddies. She has been paired with the same buddy Ranit from the University of Pittsburgh for two years and has had the same e-Buddy (Janice) who has been emailing each other once a week since 2002.

In March, it was Best Buddies month and e-Buddies had its first ever Friend a Thon to raise money for e-Buddies. Joy was very eager to help raise some money. After sending donation letters to her family and friends she was able to receive 9 different donations and raised over $190.

This summer Joy will be attending our Leadership Conference in Bloomington Indiana. She will participate in our B.U.I.L.D. program. B.U.I.L.D. stands for Buddies United in Leadership Development. She will also talk about e-Buddies to our staff and students.

Joy says, "I love Best Buddies and e-Buddies. When I check my email and have a message from Janice (her e-Buddy) I get excited."


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