Dear RJ 

We are so grateful that Ryan has been lucky enough to work with two of the Michael’s children.  “Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer.”  We want to thank you for devoting your personal time over the past four years to work with Ryan.  We know you have a great deal on your plate from sports to Pops ‘n Jazz, not to mention hours of homework, we appreciated the time you reserved for Ryan.  He looked forward to playing with his “friends on Sundays.  He enjoyed playing tennis, riding his scooter, shooting basketballs, and playing X-Box with you.  He will miss your artistic abilities as you made Judaic crafts and colored with him.  We have so many fond memories!  You have seen him grow taller and taller.  Maybe he will catch up to you. 

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”  You did not treat Ryan any differently and you saw him as a person not as a child with a disability.  You encouraged him to always try to do his best.   

Remember any time you come back to West Hartford our door is always open for a quick hello.  We wish you only the best in college.  Reach for your dreams.  Keep in touch and we are sure we will see photos of you on facebook.  Maybe when you back, Ryan will call you RJ not David. 

Thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts.  We will all miss you, especially Ryan.   


Randi, Ryan and Justin Leopold