Sarah Palin told an Alabama audience Tuesday that the challenges of raising a special needs child takes a particular kind of courage, and that was a lesson that she had to learn firsthand:
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, mentioned politics, such as the need for energy and financial independence and smaller government, when she addressed a fundraiser for the Exceptional Foundation of Baldwin County.According to WKRG-TV, Gov. Palin told the audience that she and her husband Todd would be meeting with tornado survivors Wednesday in Birmingham. Turns out she and Todd joined other Samaritan's Purse volunteers assisting the victims of the recent tornadoes which caused so much devastation in the state.
Much of her speech, however, centered on raising her youngest son, Trig, who has Down syndrome.
The Exceptional Foundation was established to help special needs children and adults in southwest Alabama. Many in the audience Tuesday night in the ballroom of the Marriott Grand Hotel have family members with conditions such as Trig’s.
Palin said work by groups, such as the Exceptional Foundation, that assist special needs children and adults are a blessing to people such as herself, who need help when faced with a difficult challenge.
Palin praised efforts to help Alabama communities hit by tornadoes last week.
"In those parts that were touched tragically by these storms and tornadoes, we want these folks to know that they are not alone in this time," she said. "Americans come together in moments like this to help support and rebuild, and a good part of America shines through in times like this."