As you know, it has been two years since the court-ordered execution by dehydration of our beloved daughter Terri Schindler Schiavo. As we watched her precious life slowly slip away from us, we truly thought we had hit rock bottom both personally and as a nation. We are still horrified that such a tragedy could happen in America where similar treatment of a convicted criminal or even a pet dog would be both illegal and widely condemned by the public and the media alike.
And yet, every day, in hospitals across America, human beings are starved and dehydrated to death simply because they are disabled in some way. The national media turns a blind eye to their suffering, while a largely uneducated public goes about their daily lives as though nothing were out of place. Something is horribly amiss in our nation!
That's why the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation exists - to help families whose loved ones face possible state-sanctioned medical execution simply because they are medically dependent or have potentially life threatening disabilities.
The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation is taking the lead in fighting for the lives of medically dependent persons as well as for the families who suffer so much--just as we suffered. We are establishing a national network of doctors, attorneys, and other professionals to stand with these hurting families who come to us daily, assist them in their crisis, and ensure they have a fighting chance at life!
But our help is not possible without your support. Our cost to provide service to those in crisis, facing life and death situations, is typically over $200 per day. Those funds come from friends like you who share our belief in the value and dignity of human life.
And now we have some exciting news to share with you! A very generous supporter has offered a MATCHING GRANT to the foundation. For every two dollars we raise, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation will receive another dollar - up to $16,667! That means if you give $40.00 we will actually receive $60.00 or if you were able to give $100.00 we would receive $150.00. But you need you to act quickly! Donations must be received by May 7, 2007.
To make a donation, please click here.
What a significant step this will be in our efforts to develop a nationwide support network to help save those lives threatened daily by euthanasia--like the 15-month old baby boy in Texas who was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator as his family fought to save his life. The pediatrician informed the family she believed the child had "no hope for meaningful recovery" and called a meeting of the hospital's "ethics committee" to get permission to remove his life support. Due largely to the efforts of the family's attorney, the ethics committee decided to continue treatment...for now.
But that is not where the story ends. We just learned the child's doctors continue to advocate for removal of his feeding tube and, in an attempt to hasten his death, have stopped giving him lifesaving antibiotics--all in direct opposition to the family's wishes.
Understand, this little boy is not immediately dying. He has a life-threatening condition that requires treatment. His mother desperately wants her son to be treated, as does the entire family. There is no dispute - everyone who loves this child wants him to receive the best care possible. And yet it is not up to them.
As difficult as it is to believe, it is absolutely true that in Texas, as in many other states, a hospital and NOT the patient or his family has the power to choose life or death.
That's why the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation is here. We do not want families--like the precious family in Texas--to have to fight this medical tyranny alone.
This is why we are so excited about the MATCHING GRANT that will give Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation one dollar for every two dollars we raise, up to $16,667--if you reply by May 7!
Remember, $100 becomes $150! $500 becomes $750!! And a gift of $1,000 becomes $1,500!!!
Every dollar you give will be greatly appreciated and will be multiplied toward the cause of human life and dignity! To make a contribution now to the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation please click here.
Help us stop the evil of euthanasia! Help us reach out to vulnerable patients and their families. Help us reverse the trend toward death in our nation. And please, help us carry on Terri's legacy of life, hope and love by making a contribution today. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Robert Schindler, Sr. Mary Schindler, Bobby Schindler, Suzanne Vitadamo
P.S. Your gift today of $100, $500, $1,000 or even $50 will help us build a professional network which will save the lives of the vulnerable being threatened by euthanasia. A matching grant will give us another $1 for every $2 you so generously give! Please make your gift today!