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Michiana girl has amazing friendship with another girl half a world away

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A strong bond joins two girls who are half a world apart.  The two girls have been friends since they were eight years old.  They email and they Skype each other.  One of the girls is right here in Michiana, living in Nappanee.  The other girl lives in New Zealand.  What brought them together?  Something they have in common, they both only have part of their left arm.

Now Skype has heard about the girls story and made a commercial about the two.  The girls had never met each other until this commercial was made.  The video captures their first face to face meeting and has gone viral. 

In the video you see their first hug but they've been best friends for 8 years.  Wednesday Sarah Stump told FOX28's Melanie Yuill, "having her as a friend is amazing."  It's amazing because Paige knows exactly what Sarah is going through.  Sarah was born without the lower part of her left arm below the elbow.  So was Paige. 

Sarah's mom Brigette said, "their difference bonded them together."  Brigette actually started this bond.  She found out during pregnancy that Sarah would be born without part of her arm and she went looking for a mom dealing with the same thing.  That's when she found Paige's mom, Teresa, in an online support group.  "Her and I just somehow connected," said Brigette.

And now their daughters have that same connection.  Sarah said, "we actually talk every single day."

They've had similarities since they were babies, both participating in dance as kids, and now both having a love for motocross, soccer, and running.  But it's their similar left arms that have really brought them together.  "It's helped me with just figuring out how to do things like putting up my hair," said Sarah.  It's helped with the harder stuff too.  "People if they stare at me in the mall or whatever, little kids asking me what happened to your arm?  I can talk to her about it and she went through that as well so it helps to know I don't go through this alone," said Sarah.

All of that has made them extremely close, they're there for each other 24/7.  "One time she was like Sarah I really need to talk to you and it was about a boy problem and so we Skyped right away and we were both crying and it was just amazing we could go through it together," said Sarah.

Sarah shared their amazing story with Skype and Skype was blown away by their friendship, so much so they flew Sarah and her family to New Zealand to meet Paige and her family.  And they recorded the entire thing.  The ad has gone viral.  But that's not what Sarah and Paige were looking for.  They just wanted to look at each other without a computer screen between them.  "I was so excited to actually just touch her and hug her.  I could just be face to face with her," said Sarah.

Sarah said the two have become even closer since meeting in person.  They still talk every day through Skype instant messenger and video chat twice a week.  It's pretty cool how they deal with the time difference.  New Zealand is 18 hours ahead of us so obviously the drastic time difference can make things interesting for Sarah and Paige when trying to stay in touch, but they make it work.  Sarah has two clocks in her bedroom, one that's set to our time here and one set to the time zone Paige is in.  And they'll talk to each other all hours of the day.  "I will stay up until 3 in the morning just to Skype her and talk to her and I'll just stay up whatever time I can if she's up and I know she's gonna be up," said Sarah.


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