Monday, May 25, 2009

Thanks for Your Support

Yesterday after my weekly Sunday visit with Todd, I returned to Colorado Springs with the same feelings of despair I frequently have on Sundays. Another week passed that Todd has spent in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Another week beginning that Todd will spend in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Todd and I frequently talk about the people who knowingly and willingly sent him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. I wonder how they live with themselves. Todd wonders why they chose to pursue him over the more obvious perpetrator of this crime. And we both continue to wonder if there is any hope for justice in a system so entrenched in claiming convictions, no matter how wrong, to reverse itself. We pray there is. So many people who support Todd pray there is.

This week, I should be able to visit Todd both Friday and Sunday as I usually do. (I missed this past Friday because I was too sick to visit.) And, I’ll continue to work with traumatized children Monday-Thursday and Saturdays, as I always do. I fill my life with as much energy and love as I can, and I stay busy helping others when my own life often seems so hopeless. Bill and I continue the fight for Todd; Bill who is much more articulate than I, continues to increase public awareness, and as Todd’s parents we continue Todd’s fight through legal avenues. We so appreciate the wonderful support we’ve had from so many lovely people. In our hearts we know we will succeed even when our heads alert us to the uphill battle we face; your continued support helps us fight the good fight.

Thank you


Marcia McGuire said...

Gloria. Your words touched my soul. It is also very baffling to me how the people involved in deliberately and falsely targeting Todd can live with themselves. Your knowledge in psychology and psychiatry gives the answer to that question. Unscrupulous, to name one. It baffles those with compassion and empathy.

In return, I would like to thank you and your family for all of the kind, marvelous work you do. The determined, loving work you and Bill do on a daily basis is an inspiration to all of us as well.

All of you have our unwavering support and are never alone.

William Newmiller said...

Thanks so much for your kind words.

Gloria Newmiller said...

Marcia, the only way we can get through this is to help each other. Whatever Bill and I do to help others, helps us as well. We can only survive as a community when everyone takes responsbility for those who are wrongly convicted, marginalized, and relegated to "invisible" status. Thank you so much for your kind words and the support you give us daily.