Monday, October 20, 2008

Letter from Lisa

The ID on the Wilmington Bones Case became official on Wednesday September 10.
Although this may not be considered a happy time for the family of Allison Jackson-Foy, I am glad they have found the closure.
The following is a letter from Lisa Valentino, sister of Allison, to the CUE Center for Missing Persons, who have been working very hard on this case. It contains some links you may find interesting.
I appreciate this letter as an example of what it means to a family to find the closure they have been looking for. I think every day about the day when someone finds the remains of Debbie Key, and the impact that would have on us.
This was forwarded to me by 'Anon'. I hope Lisa doesn't mind that I share it with you.
From: Lisa

Subject: No longer missing Allison Jackson Foy

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I contact you all this morning. It was just a little over two years ago that my life and the life of my family was turned upside down when my sister Allison went missing from Wilmington NC. Two days ago Wed. September 10th after almost 5 months of waiting on DNA results it was confirmed that one of the sets of remains found at the end of April off Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington was my little sister Allison.

Although I have known in my heart almost from the beginning that my sister was no longer living and that I would not ever see her again in this world, confirmation of those feelings still come as a shock and does not make any of this easier. Please pray not only for Allison but all who love her, especially her daughters Courtney and Jordan, my father and my entire family.

There are many people who God has brought into my life over the past two years whom I probably would never have met otherwise. These people have been a God send and a blessing and have impacted my life in ways the will never know; to all of you I say thank you, my heart is full of love for you all and you have become a part of my family!

To Monica Caison and CUE Center, I can't say more than I have already said over and over again. You are an angel among us and I continue to be inspired by you and your life's work, and the difference you make in the lives of others each and every day! Your efforts and your work and your ability to comfort and even make me laugh in times of tremendous sadness will never be forgotten.

To Marc; what can I say you were and are the right guy for the job, and your dedication and hard work on behalf of Allison has and remains unbelievable.

To my incredible friends; your support has been amazing throughout this ordeal and I am blessed to have each and everyone of you in my life. You have shown me what friendship is about and have made me a better person.

To my husband and children, you are my rocks and have put up with so much and not all of it very easy. God has blessed me with an amazing family!

As we remember Allison today please keep all those who remain missing and their families in your thoughts and prayers; I know that Allison would want that. I know too that Allison would be blown away by all who have given of themselves to this search for her and am sure she too is looking down and thanking you.

Allison; you are missed greatly and thought about daily. Thank you for 34 years of love laughter and sisterhood. I know that you are in a far better place and finally at peace. I love you.

When Allison's remains are released and we are finally able to bring her home, we will have a celebration of her life and memorial service in Oyster Bay Long Island, NY. I will certainly send out the word and let all of you know dates and times. My family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Allison's name to:

CUE Center for Missing Persons

PO Box 12714

Wilmington, NC 28405

Please feel free to leave any thoughts and feelings in the guestbook on Allison's web site
I also have included some recent links to press on Allison and her case.

Thank you again to all.

Peace and Blessings, Lisa

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