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A long distance letter of thanks for saving his child's life

December 24, 2014

The holiday season is a time to show thanks and reminisce about memories of the past. This year, retired Lt. Commander Sean W. Wright of the United States Navy did just that.

Wright recently reached out from Okinawa, Japan, to Baystate Children’s Hospital for treating his daughter Brianna and saving her life 15 years ago.

At 3 years old, Brianna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After receiving treatment at Baystate Children’s Hospital, Brianna is now a healthy teenager in her senior year of high school.

Letter of gratitude

Dear Sir or Ma'am,

When my youngest daughter Brianna was 3 years old she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2001. I was on active duty at the time instructing at the Naval Submarine School in Groton CT. I had limited resources and I felt helpless to save my Daughter from this disease. Through the generosity of many groups and organizations, Our Lady of Hope Parish, Griffin's Friends, The Doctors and Nurses at Baystate Children’s Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts, Submarine Veterans of WWII, my Navy Chaplain, the Chief Petty Officers Association at Naval Submarine School, and my Chain of Command, my daughter and my family were blessed with such an outpouring of Love and generosity that my feeling of helplessness disappeared and I was able to focus on my daughter’s health and family’s wellbeing. I want to thank all those organizations and people who helped my daughter and my family recover.

Today, Brianna is a senior at Chicopee High School. A High Honors member of the National Honor Society (x4 years), Co-Captain of the Varsity Volleyball & Softball Teams, and during her recovery from cancer these past 15 years has volunteered her time at the John Boyle O' Reilley Club to teach young children the tradition of Irish Step Dancing. I wish to thank you and your organization for all you do to bring joy and hope to the children and their families during their battle fighting and recovering from cancer.

Thank you and may God Bless you and your families this Holiday Season.

Very Respectfully,

Mr. Sean W. Wright USN, MSC, LCDR (Ret.) , CHSP, CHCM, CHS-IV

Industrial Hygiene Department

US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan