|Theresa BrownGold with Courtney: January 2012 US Supreme Court|
As the unforgiving bite of the winter winds whip through the mall in Washington DC this year, they eventually make their way around the US Capitol. Behind the Capitol, their relentless bitterness ultimately encircles the majestic pillars of the Supreme Court. Positioned between these two forces of authority stands Theresa BrownGold and Courtney. Theresa, a gray-haired 57 year old woman from Bucks county, carries herself with a sense of purpose. Courtney however, is held in the nurturing embrace of Theresa in the form of a painting, representing a soul that our healthcare system left behind.
|Courtney Leigh Huber died on January 5, 2010 because she wasn't able to access health care to take her prescription diabetes medication. In her honor, her family and friends have created "Courtney's Keepers", an organization dedicated to providing diabetes supplies to those in need. |
On September 23, 2010, 8 months and 18 days after Courtney passed away, the provision in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became effective that states that all young people under the age of 26 are eligible to stay on their parent's health insurance.
In the Fall of 2011, I was honored to be a part of Theresa’s collection (see My Story). Theresa and I have called ourselves “kindred spirits”, each telling this story in our own way. I am often reminded of a conversation that we had last fall when she said, “With each stroke we need to keep telling this story. Mine is with the paintbrush, yours is with the keyboard”. And so the story goes on........