For May 26, 2014
‘Angelina Jolie is a woman of many talents’
Thank you for the article on Angelina. She has been blessed with beauty, wealth, a career, a loving partner and a family, but has also faced heartbreak and adversity. Even with her very busy life, she goes the extra mile and continues to be a world humanitarian who gives not only her time but also her wealth. Her fiancé, Brad, shares her goals. They’re people to admire.
The Out Field
I loved the article and pictures showing gay and lesbian pro athletes as the inspiring people that they are—especially the picture of the women soccer team-mates. As the mother of a gay son, I applaud you for your positive and truthful story.
Why is it such a big deal that Michael Sam is gay? He was drafted to play professional football, and that is all that should matter in this story.
The Girl Who Lived
I gave birth to a son afflicted with Potter syndrome, and he died within hours after his birth. I was thrilled to read in your article that the first baby has survived this devastating diagnosis. I hope that she lives a full and healthy life. I wish her parents a wonderful and healthy future with her.
Thank you to the Beutlers for sharing their story. Twenty-nine years ago, I gave birth six weeks prematurely to our son Ryne Owen Reapsome. We lost our son the evening of the day he was born. After an autopsy was performed on him, we were told he had Potter syndrome. I now have three healthy children, but for years I never heard one word about Potter syndrome. I hope that PEOPLE will give us an update on little Abigail in a future issue and that many other mothers out there will benefit from this story.
In our May 26 issue, we misspelled the name of Adam Kimmel’s daughter Louisanna in Passages. PEOPLE regrets the error.
A Father’s Mission
In our May 5 issue, we profiled Leo McCarthy, the founder of Mariah’s Challenge, a not-for-profit dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking and driving. McCarthy, whose 14-year-old daughter Mariah was killed in 2007 by an underage driver who had been drinking, set up a challenge for his daughter’s friends: If they promised not to drink until the age of 21—and not drink and drive ever—he would give them partial college scholarships. Thanks to our story, Mariah’s Challenge (mariahschallenge.com) has received $5,000 in the month since the article appeared. “The support and awareness that Mariah’s Challenge continues to receive is an emotional hug and a soulful embrace,” says McCarthy.
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