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Kind Words: From NHS Adults

October 12, 2000

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Neale-May,

Although it has taken me a week to collect my thoughts, please don't think that you and your family have not been part of every minute of that time for me. It has been difficult to escape some intense images and moments and therefore hard for me to think clearly.

I want to offer my most sincere sympathies for your loss. I can't even begin to understand how you will move on after the death of such a vibrant, passionate young woman. I hope you find some comfort in the fact that she was doing what she loved, right to the end. Please also understand that as her heart stopped beating, she was surrounded by adults who have dedicated their lives to the health, well being and education of young people. If anyone could have saved her, it would have been those folks - willing her to be okay and attending to her medical needs - she was surrounded by love.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet you. Your strength and your concern for our community - even in a time of shock and grief - was truly admirable.

I will never forget Lauren. She will be with me each time I step out onto the soccer field to coach a game. If there is ever anything you want or need, please do not hesitate to contact me.

J.V. Girls Coach


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