Sarah Palin, Alaska Gov., and husband Todd, are parents to five children. Their youngest, son Trig, was born with Down syndrome, but the couple don’t ask “why us?” In fact, they feel very blessed to have him in their lives. Sarah says he’s a “typical rowdy 1-year-old.”
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin paid a visit to Long Island, N.Y., on Sunday and spoke about the joys of raising her 1-year-old son Trig, who was born with Down syndrome.
“We are just so blessed to have this child in our lives,” Palin said before a crowd of about 1,000 people. “What God has shown us with Trig in our lives is ‘Yes, every single person has purpose no matter their developmental abilities.’ ”
Also at the event – a fundraiser for Independent Group Home Living, a non-profit for children and adults with developmental disabilities – were Palin’s husband, Todd; their 14-year-old daughter Willow; and Palin’s sister Heather Bruce and her son Karcher, 14, who has autism.
“Having a son being born with Down syndrome is a whole new chapter of our lives,” Palin said. Her voice began wavering slightly as she continued: “I tell Todd that God has blessed us, and we don’t ask, ‘Why me? Why us?’ We say at this point, finally – and to be honest with you it’s taken a while for us to get to this point where we can say, ‘Thank you, God for allowing us to recognize the special needs community.’ Without Trig this would be absent from us. I am at a point in my life of thanking God for blessing us with this bundle of joy who is this typical rowdy 1-year-old.”
The former Republican nominee for vice president reiterated a pledge she made during the 2008 campaign to help those with disabilities. “Just because our ticket placed second, second out of two,” she said, “you still have an advocate for the cause.”
Palin also walked with her family in Purchase, N.Y., for Autism Speaks, which she said was “really great” for her nephew Karcher to get to see that “there’s a whole lot of people out there who share with him some of the challenges he’s living with and overcoming.”
As a mom of a special needs child myself, I absolutely understand where Sarah is coming from. I, too, feel blessed to have my son in my life no matter what challenges he brings to our lives.
Trig is very lucky to have such caring, devoted parents.