“What matters to me is my children and their health. If my husband and I are going to be able to take care of them and afford for them to go to college, then I have to vote for President Obama. Voting for someone else isn’t an option.”
Kate, a pastry arts instructor in Texas, first donated to the campaign in 2008—after she and her husband had to make tough decisions to care for their children with special needs.
“My first son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old,” Kate says. “Autistic kids need 40 hours of therapy per week. We just couldn’t afford to pay for that, so I had to do it myself. I took off work, and I learned through books and consultants, and I worked with him every day so he could get to a level where he could understand us and tell us his wants and needs.
“And then we had our second son, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at 2 years old. At the time my husband was working as a commuter airline pilot, which he loved, but he had to take a different job in the airline industry in order to support us. But that’s what you have to do, you have to make sacrifices.
“Right now our sons are doing well, and I’m working again so we can pay off that debt. President Obama has worked with Autism Speaks and the Centers for Disease Control to help families with special-needs children. He is a President that cares about my family. My husband was a lifelong Republican, and comes from a very Republican family. But now, after seeing how much affordable health care has mattered to us, he’s a huge Obama supporter.”
Kate is contributing what she can for 2012 because there’s so much at stake for her family, and families like hers.
“You know, I have a friend who had never voted in her life,” Kate says. “I talked to her about how this is our generation’s chance. We’re in our 30s now, and this is serious stuff: We’re trying to save for our future and our children and give them a better life than we had. This is about saving the middle class. President Obama gives us hope.
“I just want my small donation to go toward a big lump sum of what needs to be done, like signs, phone banks, and feeding volunteers when they’re hungry. Mine isn’t a big donation, maybe it’s enough for a box of light bulbs—but even that can keep an office up and running!”
Folks like Kate, giving whatever they can afford, are building this campaign. Help make a difference in your community by pitching in today.