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Letter: Make a Difference for Years to Come

To the Editor:

Twenty years ago this month, my son Daniel Somerville had an amazing wish come true. He wanted to meet his sports hero, Ronnie Lott, and sadly there was not much time to make it happen. You see, Daniel was very sick with cancer and in the hospital.

It looked like the wish would be impossible to pull together, but some amazing people and a truly incredible organization, Make-A-Wish, made it all possible. It made it all happen in a very short time, and it involved many different partners in different states. Daniel died two days after his trip to Foxboro Stadium to meet Lott, but the thought of meeting him brought days of happiness to him. He was so looking forward to the football game.

Daniel’s wish continues to bring peace and happiness to our family as we remember just how much it meant to him. He talked nonstop about meeting Ronnie Lott, and his smile is still fresh in our minds. We want to bring that happiness to another child and their family.

At this time, I would like to ask for your help to continue the amazing work Make-A-Wish does for sick children. Through the foundation’s help, children with life-threatening illnesses are granted their special wish. What a gift to the children and their families. Please think about the children and families you could help by sending your donation to Make-A-Wish, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, Vt., 05403, or at www.vermont.wish.org. Please write Daniel’s name in the memo on your check.

I can tell you this: Your gift will make a difference today and in the years to come.

Rose Smith and family

Lebanon