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Letter from the Director Ask Emerson Best Buddies Spotlight e-Buddy of the Month Tech Corner e-Buddies in Action!

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Dear Friend,

One day in October 1999, Best Buddies Chairman Anthony K. Shriver called and told me about his idea for e-Buddies. Happily, he offered me the privilege of launching this unique e-mail friendship program for Best Buddies. Every day since then, facilitating e-Buddies friendships has brought me joy.

So, I get a little frustrated when other people tell me they don’t consider an e-Buddies friendship a “real” friendship – or at least, not quite as “real” as an in-person friendship. But, since when did being friends depend on seeing someone? The dictionary defines friendship as, “the quality or condition of being friends” – no stipulation about doing things in person.

To me, the more friends one has, the richer life is – whether they are old-fashioned pen pals, phone friends, work-out buddies, schoolmates, colleagues, next-door neighbors, or e-Buddies. Friends of all kinds, but most especially e-Buddies, prove that what Antoine de Saint-Exupe¢ry wrote is true: “It is only with the heart that one sees clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Corresponding through e-mail eliminates any visual cues regarding disability, allowing people to focus instead on what they have in common – the surest path to making a fast friend.

Hope in this beautiful month of May you focus on what your heart sees.

All the best,
Lisa Derx
Vice President

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