December 30, 2013 12:00 PM


“Thank you, Amy, for reminding the world of the importance of getting a mammogram”

Mary Hawkins via e-mail

I applaud Good Morning America’s Amy Robach for sharing her breast-cancer story. I’m a breast-cancer survivor, and my advice to women is to embrace early- detection methods well before the age of 50. Women need to educate themselves about the curable forms of cancer and know that those “Frankenstein-ish scars” eventually fade.

Marian Hersh

via e-mail

Just a few days before my 40th birthday, I saw Ms. Robach on TV talking about her cancer diagnosis. I then decided to schedule my first mammogram. I’m happy to say that I received clear scans. I am very thankful I heard her story because I would have waited to get checked. My thoughts go out to Amy as she recovers.

Deanna Miller

Greensboro, N.C.


The Fast & Furious actor was not your typical star. Paul truly cared about others and never let his celebrity go to his head. He was one of the Hollywood talents who gave back to society. Paul deserved to be celebrated, and I strongly feel PEOPLE magazine dropped the ball when you didn’t make him your cover.

Erin Hafferman

Tannersville, Pa.

Thanks for remembering all the good things about Paul Walker. I followed his career from the beginning. He always had a bright light in his eyes that exuded joy and goodness. I am praying for his family, especially for his daughter Meadow.

Indra Chandan

via e-mail


I was moved to tears by your article on Shari Duval and Brett Simon and how they help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder by giving them trained dogs for companionship. I was so affected that I felt compelled to make a donation to their nonprofit organization K9s for Warriors. Thank you for the wonderful and uplifting story.

Emily Ross

Washington, D.C.


I was excited to see Wappingers Falls, N.Y., resident Angela Redd and her son Saliman featured in your magazine. In 2003 my son received physical therapy at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and we had the pleasure of meeting both of them. We would cheer for Saliman as he learned to walk using his prosthetic legs. We greatly admired Saliman’s spirit as well as Angela’s commitment to him.

Ellen Tillem

via e-mail


What a beautiful actress, mother and wife Julia is. I have been a fan since the early stages of her career, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Jenifer Harper

Knoxville, Tenn.

UPDATE | A Family for Davıon

Davion Only, who was profiled in our Nov. 4 issue, may get his wish of finding a permanent family. The 15-year-old foster teen, who last October made an emotional plea asking to be adopted before the congregation of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., will spend the holidays with a prospective new family. “Davion has moved from his group home at Carlton Manor to a foster home, where he is getting to know the family,” says a spokesperson handling Only’s adoption case. The 10th grader, who has spent a lifetime in foster care, says that all he’s ever wanted is a loving family to call his own.

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