As I was driving this morning listening to NPR, I heard this story about a one-of-a-kind baseball card from the 1800’s that sold at auction for $92,000.
While incredulous at the price, and rapt at the history surrounding the piece, the most interesting part of the story was the reason that the buyer gave for the purchase—to ensure his special needs son’s future health care.
While we all would love to have means at this level to help ensure our children’s future, we can ratchet it down to a more typical scenario and focus on his motivation, shared by all special needs families, which is that financial security, at whatever relative level, is critically important in caring for special needs children. That is, obviously, more accessible to some than others, with some parents having to make huge sacrifices to gain that security.
I guess I just appreciate the buyer’s candor about his family situation and intent for the special needs message to be integral to this news story, and hope it helps build understanding in a broader audience to fuel empathy and support.