Dear Mr. Hall,
I’m writing this email because my daughter, Paige, came home from middle school yesterday with an essay published in the school literary magazine. Apparently she had written it in the beginning of the year and had never shown it to me, until yesterday. The essay was entitled, Never Give Up. At the age of 5, Paige was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and shortly after her diagnosis, had the opportunity to meet your son, Gary Jr., at the St. Barnabas Ambulatory Health Center where your son gave a speech on diabetes. Paige also had the opportunity to meet Gary one on one. He talked to her about sports and he let her wear his medals, which she described as “heavy as elephants”. The following is the last paragraph of her essay:
“Gary Hall has changed my life. I will always think of him when I get frustrated about something related to my diabetes. He inspired me that even though I am diabetic, I can do most things other kids can do. I won’t let my diabetes stop me from what I love to do.”
So I would like to take this opportunity to thank your son for inspiring my daughter to do what she loves and I am proud to say she is a Bronze Level USAIGC competitive gymnast who will be attending her first USAIGC Nationals in Florida.
With the most sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart,