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" To Whom It May Concern: I feel honored to have been asked to write a letter on behalf of Leslie and Jason. Leslie and I met when we became colleagues at an art gallery in New York City in 2000. She arrived with an infectiously positive attitude and generosity of spirit that is rare to find. We worked side by side, became the best of friends, traveled the world and became immersed in each other’s lives and journey. Over the past seventeen years we have grown up together and supported each other through life’s challenges, we have been there for each other in difficult moments and celebrated each other’s achievements and successes. It is difficult for me not to overstate what a critical friend she has been to me for over the past two decades. Leslie has a rare and tremendous capacity for love and patience, never judgmental or rash in any decision she makes. In 2005, she met and fell in love with Jason. I watched them navigate a long distance relationship then eventually reconcile a new life together that culminated in marriage in 2012. There was never any doubt that they were meant to be together. Their love and support of each other never wavered. Jason easily integrated into Leslie’s immediate and “friend” families forging strong relationships with all those important to her. In 2013 their son Silas was born. In the years that followed – the years that I personally found extremely challenging as a mother – I watched with amazement the ease in which they took each day. Silas, even as a baby, was a very independent kid who wanted to do everything for himself. Leslie and Jason nurtured that independence with patience and humor, never getting stressed about the delays and messes that caused. Knowing deep down that he was this incredible child that was forging his path and establishing his personality from early on. In the last few years they wanted to expand their family and had trouble doing so naturally. Through all the fertility treatments and disappointments, both small and large, I was struck by their strength, perseverance and love for each other. At a point where most people would probably just give up and say we have a wonderful life with a great kid and perhaps leave it there – they stayed with their decision to expand their in whichever way they could. I have no doubt of their commitment and ability to deal with any of the challenges that may present themselves. Any child would so fortunate to be part of their immediate and extended family – between loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends – there is no lack of loving support. Needless to say, they approach their participation to the arts, culture, environment and social issues dear to them with the same fervor. From taking the lead in fund raising for Washington Market School to contributing to and participating in the various cultural and social organizations they support. They are both fully committed to all aspects of providing an engaged, healthy, sustainable and intellectually stimulating life for their children. I stand firmly in my support of them adopting a child and know without a doubt – that child will have an extraordinary family and life. If I could provide any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. Manuela "
Manuela ENDORSED | Warm, Generous, Honest, Fun, Family Oriented