Hi Carl,

It’s hard to believe, but four years ago today, May 18th, Jake graduated from Mountain Valley Treatment Center. Every year I celebrate the anniversary, remembering the joy I felt when we brought him home, and then each year, reveling in his accomplishments, all made possible because of the dedicated and caring therapists and staff at MVTC.

This anniversary is even more bittersweet… after four successful years in high school, he will be leaving this fall for Ithaca College. I am thrilled to watch him prepare for this next phase, and so very grateful that he is able to embrace this new journey,using the skills he learned with you.

This year on Mother’s Day, Jake made me a card, and quoted one of my favorite authors, Ann Patchett. She wrote, “just because things hadn’t gone the way I had planned didn’t mean they had gone wrong”. Wise words.  And then he thanked me for helping him find the way…..

Thank you Carl, and everyone at Mountain Valley, for helping him find the way. I can’t wait to see what mountains he conquers next.

With gratitude,

Phyllis Leary