A SarahNET Radio Special Presentation: Terri’s Day! As Governor Sarah Palin prepares to speak at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s Award Gala, Kevin Scholla interviews Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler! Hear Schindler talk about his memories of Terri and preview the mass and gala scheduled for Terri’s Day, the International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters. Along with a special mass and the gala with Sarah Palin, the first Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award will be presented. Mr. and Mrs. Moe Maraachli, parents of Baby Joseph are the recipients. Learn how to purchase tickets to the event or how to become a sponsor. If you can’t attend, you can still make a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause.
To purchase tickets, sponsorships or make donations, visit http://lifeandhope.com.
Kevin Scholla, SarahNET Radio first interviewed Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo on February 13 to discuss the forthcoming gala fund-raiser featuring former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Brief Chronology of Terri Schiavo’s Life, Terri’s Day
Terri Schiavo would have been 49 this past December. Terri grew up with her brother in Philadelphia. She became disabled at age 26 and needed a feeding tube to sustain her life. This led to a long drawn out court battle between her husband and the Schindler family. Ultimately, Terri’s husband prevailed, the feeding tube was pulled and Terri suffered barbarically, dying a horrible death two weeks later. Pope John Paul II’s final act before his own death days later was to defend Terri’s right to life. She died March 31, 2005 of starvation and dehydration when her feeding tube was cut off.
Terri’s Day was established to commemorate her death and also to “recognize the disabled who are in the cross hairs of an anti-life culture,” Schindler said. A mass at the Basilica Cathedral will precede the gala at which Gov Palin will speak.
Schindler said his sister “had a great sense of humor, was easy to get along with, had a deep love for animals, and was very close to her family.”
The Schindlers spent birthdays, Christmases and other holidays together as a family. Bobby and Terri went through the parochial school system and enjoyed their childhoods. “It was a very special time of our lives,” Schindler said.
He says he now remembers her by fighting for others in similar conditions.
Who Better to Speak at Terri’s Day Gala than Gov Palin?
“We are so blessed and fortunate to have Gov. Palin speak this event. Who better than someone who fought so hard for what she believed in and even coined the phrase, ‘death panels,’ which is really what we are dealing with on a day-to-day basis with our foundation now. So, we’re just very happy that she will be kicking off our gala – our first one – and we couldn’t think of anyone better to represent the cause of life,” Schindler said.
Terri Schiavo and Culture of Life
Scholla asked if the death of Terri Schiavo brought about improvements in the dignity of life by bringing these issues to the fore. “That’s a very difficult question to answer,” Schindler said. “In some ways it is and some ways no.” He said media reporting about his sister’s death has created a lot of confusion and in some ways perpetuated the notion that the lives of people with certain disabilities have no value and can be terminated at will.
Terri’s Day Sponsors Needed
He agreed with Scholla in that “Terri is still with us” to remind people of the value of life. Schindler said ObamaCare places less value on the lives of the elderly and those with debilitating disabilities. He made his foundation his life’s work. Schindler hopes to establish an outpatient rehab in Terri Schiavo’s name to help those with brain injuries. The rehab would be in the Philadelphia area and open within the next year or two. Money raised from sponsorships at the gala will go toward building the rehab center.
The gala is at 1930 / 7:30 EDT after the Mass. Complete information on tickets and sponsorships is at lifeandhope.com.
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