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How great is this!  The Beach Boys are set to perform a “Life and Hope Concert” on June 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio.

The concert, sponsored by the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, recognizes all people who, like Terri, are challenged by cognitive disabilities.  What a night it should be!  The Lettermen will be joining The Beach Boys.  I encourage anyone who lives within driving distance of Dayton, Ohio, to get tickets for this event.  You can call 1-855-300-HOPE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-855-300-HOPE      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit Life and Hope Concert.

I first heard Bobby Schindler several years ago at one of our Lutherans For Life conferences.  Bobby, the brother of Terri Schiavo, speaks nationwide on behalf of many who, like his sister, suffer brain injuries.  He admitted that he never would have imagined himself speaking up for life were it not for the premature and unnecessary death of his sister.  Today, Bobby speaks nationwide for life and directs the Schiavo Foundation.  Terri’s former husband chose to end her life rather than letting her family care for her.  Terri’s parents and siblings all sought the opportunity to work with her and care for her, but that opportunity was denied.  You can learn more by visiting Terri’s Fight  Or, you can watch The Schiavo Story on DVD.

The Life and Hope Concert will raise funds so that others won’t have to endure what Terri did.  Terri was subjected to a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death by  her former husband who refused to provide her with proper medical care and rehabilitative treatment.  Not wanting other patients to endure the same ordeal, the Terri Schiavo Foundation was founded in order to help others with disabilities receive proper care.  The Schiavo Foundation supports the New Beginnings Community of Medford, N.Y.  New Beginnings provides state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitative care for veterans, traumatic brain injury survivors, and other cognitively and physically disabled persons.  The building is dedicated to the memory of Terri Schaivo.  Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, says, “. . . [J]ust because someone experiences a cognitive disability and their physical appearance may change, their human dignity does not.”

(Josh and Alison… Dayton is a short drive for you.   How about taking Maxwell Thomas to his first concert!  Grandma thinks he would be delighted by the tunes of the Beach Boys.  Besides, Max loves life!  Maybe Grandpa will spring for tickets!)

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