Why Best Buddies Makes Me Smile

This story was written by Sri Rapaka from North Potomac, Maryland. He answered our theme question: Why does Best Buddies make you smile?

Sri and Bryan prior to running the Baltimore Marathon 5k race.Best Buddies makes me smile because it has allowed me to form a rewarding friendship with people such as Bryan Vancavage. I have been matched with Bryan since April 2007.

Why is the friendship so rewarding?

One reason is that Bryan is one of the most caring individuals I have ever met. He constantly asks me about my family and friends. He is very supportive of me after a stressful day of work. He listens very attentively whenever I have had a tough day at work. He has also come out to support me when I have run in races.

I remember one race it was 20 degrees during the race. But Bryan all bundled up was still out there to cheer me on during the course of the race. As I came across the finish line, I could not help but smile. I do not know too many people that would be willing to do what Bryan did.

Another reason is that Bryan’s smile naturally wants to make me smile. If you ever meet Bryan he has one of the best smiles ever. Whenever I see this smile, I just naturally want to smile myself.

Finally, my friendship with Bryan makes me smile because there is a strong committment to support one another. As mentioned previously, Bryan has been very supportive of me. I would like to think that I have been supportive of Bryan as well by offering him the gift of friendship.

Without organizations such as Best Buddies it is difficult for people such as Bryan to form friendships with individuals that do not have a disability. The fact that Best Buddies exists and creates friendship opportunties for individuals such as Bryan is so great, that I can’t help but smile.

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Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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