Editor’s note. The following was distributed by Christian Newswire.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 14, 2011 — Terri Schiavo’s Life & Hope Network, a foundation created by her parents and siblings following her death by starvation in 2005, announced today that country music star Collin Raye will serve as their national spokesperson.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be representing those who have no voice and appreciate the opportunity to help families and loved ones who are in similar situations like those of Terri Schiavo,” said Raye.
Collin Raye charted 16 #1 hits through the 1990’s and his career includes 24 top ten hits. Raye has sold over eight million albums and has been nominated five times as country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2001, he was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award by country music legend Clint Black.
Bobby Schindler, the executive co-director of the Life & Hope Network and brother of Terri Schiavo is excited to have Collin Raye as their national spokesperson: “With Collin’s help, we hope to reach many more families in need of our network of attorneys and doctors who are dedicated to protecting the rights of vulnerable, disabled and elderly persons who are at risk of being denied the medical care that they deserve.”
Terri Schiavo was dehydrated and starved to death after her husband won the right in court to remove her feeding tube. In March of 2005, almost 14 days after the tube was removed and all legal options to save her were exhausted by her family, Terri passed away. Since the inception of the Life & Hope Network, over 1,000 families have contacted the group to ask for assistance and the group has brought their message to nine countries, 42 states and 30 universities.
“There has been a growing number of families faced with the same situations as Terri’s family in recent years and the number is sure to continue to grow as the passage of Obamacare takes away medical decision from families and doctors and put them into the hands of bureaucrats,” said Raye.
“This is about the future of what’s going on in this country and how we can help the disabled, the physically and cognitively impaired, and the elderly. Every life is precious,” Raye added.
Raye shares his own, personal family experience with end of life issues in the heartbreaking death of his 10-year-old granddaughter, who died last year as a result of an undiagnosed neurological condition.
“As Terri said when she was healthy, where there’s life there’s hope. In my granddaughter’s illness we were blessed to have the support and care of wonderful doctors and healthcare workers. It is my hope to be a voice for those who are suffering and need help obtaining the proper care and medical attention that every one of us deserves regardless of age, creed, color, or cognitive ability,” Raye said.
Terri’s Life & Hope Network has launched a nationwide effort to establish a “Safe Haven” network where hospitals and nursing homes pledge to never withhold medical care, food, or water from any patient.
“We are thrilled to have someone like Collin Raye become an advocate along side of us to help these families and patients in need. Obamacare puts bureaucrats in charge of life and death decisions, so this battle to defend family rights and life is only just beginning,” added Suzanne Schindler, co-executive director of Terri’s Life & Hope Network.