I fear we have lost perspective. Another day, another letter in protest. There is so much energy and anger put into the controversy surrounding the new name of our university that I feel we have lost perspective. Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia Regents University – the fight has gone on for so long that I am afraid people have lost sight of what an amazing place it really is.
I was reminded of that recently as I watched my son head off to Camp Sweet Life, a camp run by Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center. This is a camp for children diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. He had been looking forward to the weekend and getting together with his T1D friends for the past year. They joined another camp from Georgia Health Sciences – Camp Strong Heart, which is a camp for children with cardiac diagnoses.
As I watched these two buses filled with 100 kids pull away to enjoy a typical normal camp experience, I could only be grateful to the amazing staff for this opportunity. Their dedication to our kids is unparalleled. The willingness of many of them to volunteer their weekend to ensure that all our kids were safe is to be commended.
So, as for the name change, I wouldn’t care if it was called Podunk University. I will do all that I can to support these amazing professionals. I implore my fellow Augustans that no matter where you fall on this issue, you don’t lose perspective on the good that happens behind those doors. I won’t.
(The writer is local co-chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes.)