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e-Buddies of the Moment

Each e-Beat, we profile one of our many fantastic e-Buddies pairs! If you would like for your match to be profiled, please contact us!

This e-Beat we are featuring Carol and Mary Ellen!

As a rule, e-Buddies participants do not meet each other in person. This spring, two e-Buddies were able to meet in person in a rare Best Buddies moment. This meeting was facilitated by Best Buddies staff. Below is an account of that meeting by one of the e-Buddies.

Dreams Come True

By Carol Iaciofano

My name is Carol A. Iaciofano and I have been a member of Best Buddies International's e-Buddies program since September 2004. My e-Buddy's name is Mary-Ellen. She is from Canada and I am from Florida. On April 14, 2012 Mary-Ellen and I had the opportunity to meet each other in one of the most magical places on earth. We met at Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World Florida.

Meeting Mary-Ellen was like we had been friends all our lives and were reuniting, but we were meeting each other for the first time. Her hug was the best hug that I have received. We watched the show at the castle together. The show was about dreaming and dreams coming true which I think was so incredible because I have dreamed about meeting Mary-Ellen and it had come true.

Mary-Ellen and I have a lot in common. We both have one sister. She is the oldest sister in her family where I am the youngest sister in my family. We both write poetry. We both love to read and go to the movies. I like romantic tales where she likes Steven King novels. For her, the scarier the better; for me, I like the classic Disney endings...and they lived happily ever after. Our favorite color is pink. We both love cats.

Mary Ellen and Carol

And we both like making people smile. Mary-Ellen makes me smile. I feel that I am a better person because I know her.

Mary-Ellen and I will continue to communicate back and forth weekly via e-mails. It was so nice to put a face and a personality to the many e-mails we have shared. Mary-Ellen is a happy person and I will always treasure the time that I have spent with her and will continue to enjoy her e-mails. I have always felt that Mary-Ellen and I would be lifelong friends and after meeting her in person, I know that we will. This is a great program and I am overwhelmed with happiness to be a part of it.

Mary Ellen (left) and Carol at Disney World.

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