Sister act

Like any other relationship, Ridgway and Healey's friendship took time to build.

"It takes time to get to know another person," said Ridgway. "I think one of the reasons that is has been successful is that we are alike in many ways."

Brown said that Ridgway and Healey have a "terrific friendship, that's grown stronger with time. I suspect they will be in each other's live for years to come."

"One of the best things about being LeAnn's Big Sister is watching her grow into the confident, accomplished high school student that she is today," Ridgway said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region provides mentors to more than 600 children each year.

For information, call 862-1250 or visit www.dddscr.org.""

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