Steve to Ryan White on January 20, 1989



[redacted] [redacted] P.A. [redacted]

Jan, 20, 1989

Dear Ryan:

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a 33 year old man who works as an electronics technician for the [redacted] [redacted] Transportation Authority.

WHen I spoke to your principal the other day, he saw no objections in my writing to you.

I have been following your story for quite some time. In fact, when your case history made the headlines a couple of years a go in People Magazine. I felt that I didn't have the proper words of encouragement to offer you.

The times have changed.


What an inspiration you are ! You seem to have an extra ordinarily strong will that sets you apart from the others. Your unflinching determination towards your goals should set an example to people in all walks of life. Virtually anyone else who would have been faced with your seemingly unsurmountable odds would have felt defeated and conquered. But you have taken the challenge that you are facing and decided that it must not stand in the way of your life's dreams and aspirations.

In the Spring of '83 , the noted lecturer and professor at UCLA. Leo Buscagalia was in the Philadelphia area. Not wanting to passs up the opportunity to hear his lecture, I purchased a ticket and took a few sheets of paper with me. One of the comments that he made was so universal that I'd like to share it with yu now.

A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a special purpose and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You are a special comination so that you can do what it is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry, and only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.

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All of us are unique and in a very small way, change the world we live in. Through our thoughts, words and deeds, we are responsible for teaching ourselves and others how to live, love and learn.

Of all my leisure activities, nothing compares to my enjoyment of classical music. Although I'm aware that your primary interest is in Rock. I hope you are open minded about experiencing something different. Consequently, under separate cover. I have sent you a couple of tapes which I hope you'll enjoy. Both of the tapes have music that many feel is universally appealing.

I have also enclosed a check for $50. Please rest assured that I am giving you it without any reservations.

If you'd like to call me up to say hell, you can call me collect at [redacted] during evening hours. I'd be happy to hear from you.

Best wishes to you and your family, Ryan.

Sincerely, Steve [redacted]

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Steve[redacted] [redacted] [redacted] PA [redacted]

Mr. Ryan White c/o Mr. Steve [redacted] Hamilton Heights High School 420 West North Street Arcadia, Indiana 46030

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