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By Priscilla Garza
e-Buddies Program Manager, Florida

This is a feature of the e-Beat in which we will profile an e-Buddy pair every month! If you would like to be profiled, please e-mail Priscilla Garza at .

This month we are featuring Randy and Mark!

Randy is from Florida and is matched with his e-Buddy, Mark, from Pennsylvania. They have been matched since April of 2004 and have exchanged almost 150 emails!

When asked what he likes to talk about with Randy, Mark replied, “Randy and I talk about many things that we have in common and just talk about everyday normal stuff. I am interested in his week and he is interested in what I am doing.” Randy said he likes to talk about, “sports, how my girlfriend is doing, and the work I do in the workshop.”

When asked what he most appreciates about e-Buddies, Randy said, “[Mark] is a nice friend who writes back and forth to me. It has made [life] nicer because he enjoys everything I do.” Mark replied, “I enjoy having an e-Buddy like Randy because I know he enjoys getting and responding to my emails. Randy has a great outlook on life. When I am feeling down, I can be assured that I always have a smile on my face after reading Randy's email.” Mark also explained that he truly enjoys Randy’s honesty. “Randy tells me like it is. I love that because not many people are so [sincere].”

Randy said that his friendship with Mark is extraordinary because, “He takes time out of his busy schedule to write to me. He is nice to write to someone special like me.” Mark said his friendship with Randy is special because, “I know exactly what he means in his email. It's amazing how much you can get to know a person that you have met only through email. I think that was the most amazing thing to me about Randy. It's always a pleasure talking to Randy and I am grateful that I have gotten to know him.”

Congratulations to Randy and Mark, our e-Buddies of the month for July!!!


If you know someone who you would like to nominate for e-Buddies of the month please e-mail Priscilla Garza, e-Buddies Program Manager for Best Buddies Florida at

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