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Letters: Readers reflect on why they’re thankful

The Detroit News

Help women around the world 

As an advocate with CARE, a leading humanitarian organization, I want to thank U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence for her commitment to the Support the United Nations Population Fund Funding Act. 

Last year, UNFPA provided medical care to over 18 million people, helped avert 73,500 maternal deaths, trained 15,000 midwives and worked to end child marriage in 12 countries. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has cut all funding to UNFPA, putting millions of women and girls at dangerous risk.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) speaks at the 2019 NAACP convention in Detroit, Monday.

UNFPA is a leader in ending preventable child and maternal deaths worldwide. Working in more than 150 countries, UNFPA programs train doctors and midwives, provide voluntary family planning services, prenatal and antenatal care and combat harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation. In 2016 alone, U.S. funding helped UNFPA deliver lifesaving care to mothers and their babies in Syria Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq and many others. 

Thank you, Rep. Lawrence, for standing up for women and girls by ensuring life-saving medical care is available for millions around the world.

Laura Kotasek


Loving caregivers are a gift 

During National Family Caregivers Month in November, we recognize the impact of care-giving and honor the millions of Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 

I am one of those caregivers. My father, Scott, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s seven years ago. My mom, Vicki, is his primary caregiver, and my sisters and I are there to support my Mom and Dad whenever possible. From my own personal experience, I know how difficult it can be. I want to recognize every caregiver and family member caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Dedicated caregivers would greatly benefit from increased planning, resources and support. The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act that was introduced in Congress this year would educate clinicians on dementia care planning services available through Medicare. I’m calling on all members of Congress, and my congressman, Paul Mitchell, to sign onto this bipartisan bill. 

And finally, to all of the caregivers out there, know that you are not alone, and that there will always be strong arms around you. Your loved one appreciates everything that you do for them, whether they are able to express it or not.

Brett Drayer

Sterling Heights