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e-Buddies of the Moment: Blossoming Buds

Special Olympics Athlete and former Best Buddies High School participant Daniel and his e-Buddy Clay were matched three months ago. While many new friendships take time for both parties to be comfortable with each other, Clay and Daniel became fast friends. With only a few months of knowing each other, the buddy pair has exchanged over 430 e-mails. That's about 26 e-mails a week!

Clay explains, "By being a strictly on-line relationship, there has been a very unique openness from the beginning that I appreciate." Daniel enjoys "always getting a new e-mail from him and having something new to talk about daily."

"What makes it special is that we have been able to talk about a wide variety of topics in detail, which has allowed me to learn more about him as a person." Clay likes that they can talk about so many different things - video game recommendations, weekend plans, family matters and the weather. "The surprising thing for me has been the variety of emotions that could be on display with an on-line relationship. We get to talk about the good and the bad." Daniel was glad to have a friend to talk to during a hard time. "When my uncle died, he mourned for me and emailed me making sure I was ok."

Both Clay and Daniel anticipate that their friendship will last a long time. "Clay is a nice guy I am very happy to have him as my e-Buddy." Clay concludes, "Daniel is a blast to talk to - he is one cool dude!"

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