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CARY — With Mothers Day quickly approaching, the hunt ison for the perfect card, but one Cary man already has the answer for thosewho don't know who their mothers are.

Ken Vrana, who was adopted, collects letters from others who arewriting to the parents they never met. When he started looking for hisbiological parents he became frustrated by red tape and outdated laws.

He also discovered thousands of other people with the same problem, sohe started a letter-writing campaign called the Mothers Day Project, tobring attention to the problem. The letters won't really be mailed tomothers. They're going straight to the White House.

Vrana says he decided to find out all he could about his biologicalparents' medical history after the birth of his daughter Caitlin.

Vrana started the long search for his birth parents. His adoptivefather located his adoption papers which showed his birth name to beCurtis Blair and his mother's name as Joyce Blair. As his searchcontinued, Vrana says he ran into many others who were frustrated by finding their birth and adoption records sealed.

Vrana started a letter writing campaign to bring awareness to theproblem. By mail and by email, more than 60,000 letters have turned theMothers Day Project into a nationwide campaign. All the letters are beingsent to President Clinton.

Vrana says everyone should know who his or her mother is, but that theproject is about more than that. He says this is a very public opportunityto thank the people who gave them the gift of life.

If you would like to get involved in the project, you can mail a letterto Vrana at The Mothers Day Project, 1939-125 High House Road, Cary, NC27513, or send email tolvrana@concentric.net.

The project will be accepting cards through May 20.

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