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Youth Should Be Proud of His Bravery, Strength

November 29, 1998

Re "A Healing Love," Nov. 8:

I am a 14-year-old girl, and I think that Ariel Legasppy is a very brave person and that he should be very proud of himself. I cried while reading his story because I have always hated seeing people at school get picked on just because they look different. It does not make them less of a person, and in most cases, they are much better people than the ones who are mean to them. I would like to commend Ariel and his aunt Maria for being such strong people and not giving up just because of Ariel's "challenge." I hope that other people read this article and feel the same way I do and that maybe someone has changed his or her outlook on people who look different.

If there is some way for you to tell Ariel and Maria what I have said, please tell them for me how brave they are and that I hope Ariel can go to USC. Thank you for sharing their story with us.

CATHERINE GARCIA

San Bernardino

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Thank you for including Duane Noriyuki's article about the Legasppys and the Craniofacial Support Network. Our support group meets monthly, has family get-togethers throughout the years and offers home and hospital visits for families of newborns born with "facial difference." For more information on what we do, contact the Craniofacial Support Network of Southern California, 15030 Ventura Blvd., Suite 403, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. (818) 754-4600; cdf@loop.com

CHRIS FRADKIN

Director

Craniofacial Support Network of Southern California

Sherman Oaks

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