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> David F. Lelio, M.D.
> Bruce D. Buttny
David F. Lelio, MD
I am writing this
letter in response to your encouragement to have me write my opinion
about the Lincoln's Challenge Academy Program. During Cadet Delatorre's
on campus experience, I was thrilled to witness the overall professionalism
of the staff at the Academy and the responsiveness of several individuals
to my questions and concerns. During my visits, I also witnessed
many cadets being treated firmly but fairly and their responsiveness
to staff. In my private practice, I see many of the same adolescents
that struggle in the city streets of Chicago. What a refreshing
I was unable to attend
Cadet Delatorre's graduation celebration due to Cook County Court
Jury Duty. Despite this, my involvement has been a genuine commitment
to Cadet Delatorre and his future. It has not been easy but I find
that your availability and support has encouraged me to add more
time to my schedule for him. We meet on a bi-weekly basis and talk
at a minimum of 2 times per week. He continues to struggle with
the draw of his neighborhood, but we are working on finding more
steady employment and a commitment to a college level education.
My experience with
Lincoln's Challenge Academy Program has and continues to be very
positive. I often recommend the program to parents who are referred
to me for help with their adolescent son or daughter. I hope that
the Government continues to support the Program and its level of
highly motivated and committed staff. for you It has made a great impact
on Cadet Delatorre's life and my hope is that he will begin to recognize
the gifts that have been given to him through the Program.
Feel free to call me
if you should have further questions or concerns regarding this
matter. Again, thank you for your continuing support.
David F. Lelio, MD
DHS / OMH, Metropolitan Child and Adolescent Network
Since my time
as mentor is soon drawing to a close, it seemed like a good time
for me to express my appreciation for the Lincoln's Challenge Program,
and for the time and patience of you and the other case managers
I have dealt with.
In the time that I
have been acquainted with the LCP, I have seen my Mentee--Dane Anthony
Smith--go from being a frustrated and directionless young man to
one filled with confidence and a sense of purpose. It represents
a change that gives great pride to me, as well as his parents. Beyond
the shadow of a doubt, the LCP provided Dane with the structure
and environment that he needed in order to get his life "on
He is presently serving
the United States Army in the 101st Airborne, and looks forward
to finding a career in the Fire Service when he is discharged. I
have no doubt that when that time comes he will make an outstanding
Again, my thanks to
you and the LCP for helping both us "find our way".
Bruce D. Buttny
Chicago Fire Department
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