A country star gives voice to the voiceless.
‘It’s a barbaric way to die,” multi-platinum country-music singer Collin Raye says to me, reflecting on the life of Terri Schiavo, the cognitively disabled woman in Florida who was starved to death in 2005.
Raye, who had 15 number-one hits in the 1990s, including “Love, Me,” “Little Rock,” and “I Think About You,” is talking to me about Schiavo because he has just become the official spokesman for the Schiavo Life and Hope Network, the foundation Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler heads, providing just that: hope for life. The network offers both education and support so that families faced with similar challenges — who are often given only deadly advice — can have the support they need in caring for their ailing loved ones.
“I know that there are a lot of complex issues involved,” Raye acknowledges. “But in the case of Terri, she didn’t need any extraordinary means. She wasn’t on a respirator. She simply needed food and water to stay alive. I think that is one of the saddest chapters in American history.” Continue reading…