Many of us may not be able to relate to the challenges that come with having a child or being a person with developmental disabilities (or sometimes, multiple diagnoses as well as mental health challenges), but I would say a much larger portion of the population can relate to being a parent of a child.
Think of your own situation. Even though my children are grown, I am thankful that they are healthy. I think of how hard I fight for them, how much I still worry, and how much I love them.
For the families of those we serve, that fight, worry, and love are magnified every day – and the circumstances are so different. Even though in almost every instance, those we serve did not “do anything” to have a disability, they have one. This does not mean the families we serve should spend their life savings on doctors’ appointments and therapies. They need help. They deserve help and support from the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and our community.
In my 27 years of experience with MCBDD, I have yet to hear a parent say, “I wish it were different for us.” They don’t look back, they don’t wonder why. Instead, they spend their love, time, and energy providing the best life for those in their life with a developmental disability.
It’s inspiring to me to see this kind of unconditional love and compassion and it drives me to do what’s best and what’s right for our families.
So please, as citizens of Marion County. Know that your life is really not that different than the lives of those we serve. Remember to count your blessings, love your neighbors, and support your MarionMade! friends by supporting the work of MCBDD.
Join me in celebrating those we serve every day. They are true community treasures and I am proud to lead the organization that walks beside them on their journey.