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Where Are They Now?

In this feature, we revisit one of our e-Buddies matches that was previously featured as e-Buddies of the Month.

This month we are featuring Robert Plante and Bill D'Amico, who were first featured as e-Buddies of the Month in March of 2001. Robert and Bill have been matched since April 2000!

Robert Plante, a Best Buddies participant as well as a Special Olympics athlete, and Bill D'Amico, his e-Buddy, have been matched for over 10 years. At first, Robert was a little nervous about using a computer. "Any time you do something you haven't done, it can be pretty scary." But with some help, Robert was able to get comfortable with computers and the Internet. "Once you get used to it though, it is easy."

Bill loves being in e-Buddies because "no matter where [he is] (at home, at work, traveling for business) [he] can connect with Robert to send a message or to respond to one of his messages." The two talk a lot about their families and sports. They always have to touch base whenever the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees. "We never lack a topic of conversation."

Two years ago, Robert and Bill got the chance to meet in person. They met at a pizza parlor and Bill was able to meet Robert's family and friends as well. It was great to be able to put faces and voices with their names.

Technology and the Internet have changed a lot over the past 10 years, but Robert and Bill's friendship has stayed the same. "It is really exciting to open your e-mail and see that someone has taken the time to write just to you," explains Robert. Bill knows that their friendship will continue for years to come. "I never expected the experience to be this long lasting, or rewarding for me personally. I am truly blessed and honored to have Robert as my friend. e-Buddies brought us together and made that possible."

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