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John and Sheryl. Let me sinc…
John and Sheryl. Let me sincerely apologize for the weeks it's taken me to write to you. Between the busyness of my job and trying to get everything in line with Isla's surgery, the last month has flown by. I hope everything has been going well for you.

I can't thank you enough for your generous donation to help pay for Isla's physical therapy. And it's not just the money. It's the fact that your selflessness and generosity is going to help Isla walk.

You are correct in yes Isla does have three great sisters. As you know, it takes more than parents to raise good kids these days. You and your extended family have been wonderful influences on Lauren and Alaina as they've grown up and I'd like to thank you for all you've done for them. They've turned out to be wonderful young women and I couldn't be more proud of them. (Although they can still make what hair I have left fall out)

I'm sure we can all look back and wish we would have handled some things differently. It was a new experience for all of us filled with so much emotion. All we can do is learn from it and use our experiences for a better future as the girls are still going to look to us for advice and guidance.

I'm sure you've heard that Isla's surgery went great. She handled everything exceptionally well, probably better than Emily and I did. She did excellent at her physical therapy evaluation before the surgery (pretty much showed off) and the positive reinforcement and optimism we've received from Dr. Park and his team at St. Louis Children's Hospital has given us tremendous hope that Isla will walk independently. We are so hopeful they are right. Just seeing her play on the playground with the other kids will give me the biggest smile. I can't wait for that day.

Please continue this journey with us. Seeing Isla walk for the first time unaided will literally be a dream come true and one of the happiest days of my life. You will always be a part of changing my daughter's life forever and I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. We hope to see you at Lauren's graduation.

With much love,


3 years ago
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john gardner
joplin, MO United States
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