To whom it may concern:
April 15, 2004, after speaking with the students at The Whitmore
Academy, and in total desperation, I sent my son, XXXXX, away
for a year to live with the Sudwigs and to be guided toward
a new direction with the aid of The Whitmore. My gratitude
is immeasurable to those teens who spent the time with me
to help me trust that sending XXXXX to The Whitmore was the
best decision I could make for him at that time. I have had
no regrets since that date. This safe and structured atmosphere
filled with love, support and positive reinforcement has helped
my son feel secure to work through his feelings of anger and
It is thanks to Cheryl, Mark, the entire Sudwig family and
the Whitmore extended family that my son has returned to being
the boy I once knew. The pride and commitment of Mark and
Cheryl Sudwig have given me the best gift of all, my son.
I no longer feel desperate; I feel as if all our problems
are now in control.
Recently, on the phone, XXXXX and I were planning his trip
home for the holidays. We laughed because the conversation
got confusing when he kept referring to The Whitmore as home
and I referred to California as home. This concept brings
me so much joy to know that, although XXXXX can't be with
me through his trying times, he feels at home in the place
that he is. He defends Mark and Cheryl whole heartedly, and
has since the beginning. Never did he go through an adjustment
period of resentment toward me or them for my decision to
send him to The Whitmore. Now XXXXX and I look forward to
his successful future.
If my letter is not enough, I will gladly fly to Nephi to
swear my devotion and gratitude to Mark and Cheryl Sudwig
under oath should this horror be dragged into the courts.
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