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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 PriscillaGarza@bestbuddies.org .

This month we are featuring Lauren and Emily!

Lauren is from Florida and is matched with her e-Buddy, Emily, from Maryland. They have been matched for over 2 years and have exchanged over 150 e-mails!

When asked what they most enjoy about being involved with e-Buddies, Emily said, “When I was younger I always loved having pen pals. Now it's great to still be able to have that kind of experience, but through e-mail. So, I guess what I enjoy most is that experience of corresponding with someone in another place and sharing our experiences with each other.” Lauren replied, “I like having special friend to write letters to and my e-Buddy answers them back. I tell her about me & find out things about her!”

Lauren also said that her friendship with Emily is special because, “She cares about me. I also care about her too because she is a very, very special friend. Emily writes me all the time!” Emily said their friendship is special because, “Lauren and I have been e-Buddies for two years and I kind of feel like we've been through a lot together. During that time we have both had losses in our lives as well as many good things happen. No matter what, I get an e-mail from Lauren every week and she is always interested in what is going on in my life.”

Being involved with e-Buddies sometimes brings unexpected surprises. Emily said she was most surprised by, “how much fun it is, even as an adult, to have a pen pal. I really look forward to getting my e-mail from Lauren each week. Lauren is a great friend. Even when nothing exciting is happening in our lives it's fun telling her about my week and hearing about hers.” Lauren said, “I was so excited to have Emily as my best friend! I did not know anybody was that nice. I was so lucky to get her as my e-Buddy. We are so much the same.”

We are so much the same. We hope all participants come to this same realization.

Congratulations to Lauren and Emily, our e-Buddies of the month for October!!!

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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 priscillagarza@bestbuddies.org.


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