Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Support for Dr. Wakefield

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
-- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I was thinking about this verse the other day in relation to Valentine’s Day. In the same day, I saw a facebook request by a friend to send Valentine’s Day cards to show support for Dr. Wakefield. There have been so many blog entries and articles talking about how horrible the decision was, and how the medical and legal fields have been taken over by special interests groups – I don’t really want to rehash that. (If you don’t know what I am talking about, just go over to Age of Autism and read for a while.) I am a firm supporter of Dr. Wakefield and don’t feel the need to go beyond that at this time.

But, when I read this verse, it really put into perspective how selfless Dr. Wakefield has been in his support of our children. To survive the public flogging he has been through, and come out the other end with his dignity and integrity intact, shows his true character. When someone shows so much love for our children, they deserve our respect and appreciation. Thank you Dr. Wakefield, you will never know how many lives you have touched in a positive and loving way.

Valentine’s day is still a couple weeks away – plenty of time to find a card, or help your child make one. If you can, please send them via Thoughtful House.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield
c/o Thoughtful House Center for Children
3001 Bee Caves Road
Suite 120
Austin, TX 78746

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