As the parent of a 6-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis (CF), I was thrilled to see Brian McGrory’s article on Joe O’Donnell (Bostonians of the Year, December 23). His name and face represent the parents behind the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and his contributions go far beyond what your article covered. Our son is thriving because of the top-notch care that he receives from the same doctor who cared for the O’Donnells’ late son, Joey, at the Joey O’Donnell Cystic Fibrosis Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Because of Joe O’Donnell’s efforts and those of the rest of the CF community, the average life expectancy for those living with CF is now 37.
Andrea Piccarelli / Wareham
I was happy to see an article recognizing Joe and Kathy O’Donnell. We were friends of theirs when they were going through their life with Joey. I have so much admiration for this family.
Gerry Dromeshauser / Winthrop
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Some readers on BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com took issue with our selection of Olympic medalists Aly Raisman and Kayla Harrison as Bostonians of the Year.
JLErwin3 wrote: Congratulations to these two young women. Congratulations apparently is also due to the City of Boston for their successful annexation of Needham and Wakefield.
krooma wrote: Shouldn’t Bostonian of the year be from Boston?
DaPesto wrote: Agree . . . I’m amazed (though not surprised) . . . it’s more celebrity to name these folks rather than say a fireman saving lives by running into a burning building . . . or a teacher who works tirelessly to help others . . . These might be amazing athletes (and women) but Bostonians of the Year? LOL!
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