Health: government care and private networking

di Joe Volpe del March 4, 2019

TORONTO - The Corriere Canadese serves a niche market. Its resources are stretched, even at the best of times. Yet its readers have come to expect fulsome coverage of issues and events pertinent to the Community and to other Communities that look to it for “leadership” and guidance.

The weekend past was a “bonanza” for those who wonder whether Italian Canadians still care about their fellow citizens and the collective decisions they make through the political process when it impacts our well-being and that of our neighbours. Corriere was fortunate to be able to allocate staff­ to chronical, and comment on, examples of a “legacy of Beneficenza”.

It appears that the “culture of caring” is, happily, alive and thriving. In no less than three events designed to highlight awareness and solicit resources to alleviate the plight of others less fortunate, the Community showed its responsive generosity.

In a week filled with the usual alarms on a national and international scale, families and individuals set aside the scandalous conduct of political jurisdictions to dedicate themselves to what matters most: the health and happiness of their children – of all ages. Especially those who su­ffer from maladies which a generation ago would only have off­ered despair and su­ffering.

It takes courage to be a parent, partner or patient in those circumstances. Bless those who have it, who share it and who nurture support networks for others who find themselves in similar positions. No one should be alone in those stressful experiences.

The community owes a debt of gratitude to suff­erers and their families for letting those more fortunate have a “looksee” into their world. It is sobering. Is there a family untouched by debilitating medical illness? Is there a disease that does not merit our attention and resources?

Health is now the biggest line item of any government’s (in our case, the Provincial) annual operating budget. But it is never enough. Mental and physical infirmities are unrelenting.

Viral and bacterial infections seem to mutate and permeate host bodies with and ease beyond the average person’s ability to comprehend. Science is only just beginning to catch up.

It takes time to do the research and verifications, clinical studies and so forth; even more time to train personnel in the delivery of appropriate care, therapies and “cures”.

Children cannot wait, as in the case of Giada, the subject of the first of three articles that appears in todays pages. Nor can children with autism, or those who, seemingly inexplicably, are smitten with Lupus. Their stories are heart-rendering. The empathy and generosity of the Community is reassuring and heart warming. It merits telling and repeating.

Corriere will dedicate space in its print editions and time on its online TV network and social media this week to help in that process and to encourage the “networking” that may lead to providing “relief, resources and research”. It’s the trilogy will o­er hope and solutions.

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