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Bioethics Cinema aims to start a conversation

Community members watch a screening of the movie 'Wonder' followed by a panel discussion.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 4:33 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - On Sunday, community members came out to Rochester Civic Theatre for fhe Bioethics at the Cinema event hosted by Mayo Clinic and Rochester Public Library. 

The purpose of the event, which includes a screening of the movie 'Wonder' followed by a discussion, is to bridge the gap between what happens in the bioethics medical field and how bioethics impacts a family. 

Ben Cockram lives with cerebal palsy and was a particpant in the panel. 

He said unless a person is perfect at everything, they have a disability. For Cockram, this realization will help people have empathy for those with more noticable disabilities. 

"It's okay to have one. We just have to name it so we can adapt to it. Because for us to go our whole lives and pretend there's nothing wrong with us, we're doing ourselves a major disservice," he said. 

He said reaching out to each other can help the community move forward as a whole. 

"Instead of walking right by them, say hi, engage and have a conversation to see what a day in their life is like," Cockram said. 

Event organizers said they hope the event starts a conversation within families and the community about how disabilities and bioethics impacts them.

This is the second year of the Bioethics in the Cinema partnership. 

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