Two great kids, one with diabetes and the other with Down syndrome, and it’s an election year. What’s the relevance, you ask? Consider:
Last weekend we joined our friends and family for the annual Buddy Walk. It’s an event designed to “promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome” and it’s quite an affair. Musicians, eating, playing, raffles, auctions, and on. Not to mention the actual mile or so walk. It’s a huge event that lasted well over three hours with an almost unimaginable amount of prep work beforehand for sponsors, catering, and so on.
It was also a really good time. The walk took place at a local facility called Reunion Ranchin Georgetown. A large, wooded area with tons of playscapes, trails, and water activities; it was absolutely perfect.
A few weeks before the that, we were at another event for JDRF Austin. Also a walk, this event focused on food, fun, and fund-raising in an effort to combat juvenile diabetes. The location wasn’t nearly as cool as the Buddy Walk, but it was a great time, too.
The interesting thing is this: While the Buddy Walk was all about hanging out, having a good time, and getting the kids and up with DS involved and interactive, the JDRF walk was all about finding a cure.
Community vs. activism.
Clearly, it’s much more complex than I’ve broken down above, but when you consider the silver bullet of research for diabetes could be stem cells, how does that impact votes? My family wore a shirt with “Vote for the Cure” on the back, so no surprise which button we’ll push on election day, but what does the Repbulican with a son or daughter who has diabetes do? How do they vote?