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June 21, 2007


Rebecca Jonas

Hi Kimmi,
My name is Rebecca, I work in the Research Center at Columbus Children's Hospital. I have been reading your daily entries. You sound like a wonderful girl!! You have done a terrific job!! God Bless You!

Morna Smith

Kimmi, It was an honor to travel with you and your family to Washington this week. You were eloquent in expressing your thanks from your heart to members of Congress "for the support they give Columbus Children's Hospital that allowed the hospital to save your life" to use your words.

People who read your blog would not guess at how hard you worked even though it was also fun. You would go from event to event and in between grant any media interview requested. And then take the time to write your blogs when other kids were already jumping in the pool!

I will never forget when you walked in late for the luncheon (because we got to tour the Capitol with Rep. Tiberi!) -- and I know you were hungry and tired. The Channel 10 Washington reporter was there and I asked if you would do an interview. You walked over to the camera and gave your beautiful smile and answered questions with all your energy -- no complaining from you! I guess after what you went through with sickle cell pain and the challenge of a bone marrow transplant, this was nothing for you!

Whatever you do in life -- I know you will be great! You will be a great pediatrician and I think you will also find ways to continue speaking up for health care for other children.

And no one has ever called me "the bomb" before! Thanks!

My thanks also to your entire family. Your parents are the best as you know. Melissa is going to be a great nurse and also an advocate for health care for others. And she is so funny too! That must have been great when you were sick.

Love always,


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