Stephen Lee loves wrestling, babies and playing basketball in Special Olympics.
It takes seven or eight people to provide the around-the-clock care he requires at the group home in which he now resides.
If cuts proposed by Gov. Brownback are approved by the Kansas Legislature, Stephen's retired mother is likely to have to take care of him essentially by herself.
"It's becoming extremely difficult" for her and her husband to take care of their 33-year-old son when he comes home for visits, said Mary Jo Lee, who uses a cane to walk.
As much as she adores her son, "it's getting to the point where I dread having him come home for weekends," she said, tears filling her eyes.
Mary Jo and Stephen were among a few hundred advocates for people with developmental disabilities who met at Grace Point Church on Friday morning to bring attention to the impact the cuts would have.
Ron Pasmore, president and CEO of KETCH, the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped, issued "a call to action," saying supporters need to let their legislators know just how devastating the cuts would be.
"They take their job very seriously," Pasmore said of legislators. "But they deal with a lot of issues."
Brownback's proposed budget eliminates $3.5 million in service support for people who have disabilities but are ineligible for Medicaid, said Jamie Opat, director of communications for Starkey Inc.
The Kansas Legislature is faced with cutting about $500 million from the fiscal year 2012 budget, which takes effect July 1.
People say it should be up to the families to take care of their children, said Pauletta Raines, who has an adult daughter with developmental disabilities.
"All of the things that she needs, I can't physically do," Raines said. "You'd have to be a psychologist, a psychiatrist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist ..."
Pasmore urged advocates to send postcards and letters to their representatives in Topeka voicing their support for the funding.
Last year, advocates walked a combined total of 16,000 miles from western Kansas to Topeka to express their support for the developmentally disabled, Pasmore said.
"This year, we're going to try to walk around the world," he said.
That's about 26,000 miles — only 10,000 more than last year, he said.
Supporters can come to Sedgwick County Park on April 12 to walk designated courses and log their miles, he said — or they can start right now.
If everyone who came to the rally Friday contributes, he said, "we can do it."