October 12, 2000
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Neale-May,
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
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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