It's so sad that what should have been a storybook high school ending for Wes Leonard quickly became tragic. We all need to remember that strong and fit athletes can easily have unknown health problems. I hope this story raises awareness of the importance of defibrillators.
William Foster, Mandeville, La.
A Fallen Star
Your article on young Wes (The Legacy of Wes Leonard, Feb. 20) was one of the saddest I've read in a long time. It was a reminder of how a life so normal can suddenly be brought to a halt. It should serve as a lesson for those who have not reflected on how lucky they are to be alive.
Sage Koh, Toronto
Many of us around Michigan closely followed Wes's heart-wrenching story and the way his teammates and the Fennville community rallied around the Leonard family. After watching the television footage of Wes's best friend, Xavier Grigg, sitting on the bench in tears during a game, I couldn't help but think, What a strong kid this is, to get up after everything that's happened, reach deep inside and play for his fallen friend.
Todd Andrews, Rockford, Mich.
I have no doubt that through Wes's tragedy, every member of Fennville's basketball team found out that there is more fight inside him than he ever imagined. Perhaps the most poignant line in the story is the one in which Jayson Hicks sees "Xavier at age 30, looking back on the biggest moment in his life and wishing he'd fought a little harder." One can't help but think that Wes grabbed his friend by the shoelaces in the midst of his grief and helped him to stand up, making him into a man.
David Grosse Three Oaks, Mich.
Hold That Tiger