Our Young Friend Gets Married

By Renee Schroeder, former Best Friend Mentor

 
 
Renee became a Best Friends Mentor and was matched with Alexandra when she was 8 years old. Earlier this year, she was honored to be her matron of honor.

Renee became a Best Friends Mentor and was matched with Alexandra when she was 8 years old. Earlier this year, she was honored to be her matron of honor.

It was such a happy day for Alex… she always wanted her own family and Michael is a wonderful start to making that dream come true.

It was such a happy day for Alex… she always wanted her own family and Michael is a wonderful start to making that dream come true.

I’m so thankful to Best Friends for the gift of Alex. We’ve come a long way and she says all the time that she doesn’t think she would’ve made it without having a mentor. The challenge for all mentors is to see and know how important your roles are in the lives of your Young Friends and the lasting impact you are having.

Along the twelve-year journey, we were clueless as to how little things and sharing our time made such a big difference. Alex and her parents have shared how being part of our family impacted her in many positive ways. She was and always will be a tough cookie but she’s nothing but a big old marshmallow on the inside. She continues to be a very loving and caring person, who is fiercely protective of those she cares for. We are so happy and proud of her and that we were a part of her special day!

 
Dave, Renee’s husband, was overwhelmed when Alex surprised him with a “father/daughter” dance.

Dave, Renee’s husband, was overwhelmed when Alex surprised him with a “father/daughter” dance.