Here is the article from Yahoo yesterday. It will be hard to find a replacement for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion o the physically and mentally challenged. Who will replace this dear saint?
Tue Aug 11, 6:39 AM
By The Associated Press
HYANNIS, Mass. - President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion for the rights of the mentally disabled and founder of the Special Olympics, has died. She was 88.
Shriver had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis on Tuesday morning, her family said in a statement. The hospital is near the Kennedy family compound, where her sole surviving brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been battling brain cancer.
Shriver was credited with transforming America's view of the mentally disabled from institutionalized patients to friends, neighbors and athletes. Her efforts were inspired by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.
Shriver also was the sister of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the wife of 1972 vice presidential candidate and former Peace Corps director R. Sargent Shriver, and the mother-in-law of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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> When I was first introduced to Special Olympics, I was about eighteen years old, maybe a little younger. I was introduced not because I am or was physically handicapped at the time, but because I had a sister who was born with the rarest form of Myelomingiecil, Spina Bifida. I was also introduced to Special Olympics through a pair of overnight stay camps. One was run by United Way and the other by Lion's Club. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder of Special Olympics. In a blog written on the day it was announced she had passed on, I wrote a blog about her and my family and how her creation of Special Olympics continues to inspire me.
> Here is that blog titled: My Heart Goes Out to the Kennedys and the Shrivers. The date was August 11, 2009, my mother's birthday.
> I learned this morning that Eunice Kennedy Shriver has passed away at the age of 88.
> One thing that will forever be thought of with her passing is just what she managed in her lifetime.
> She created the one method for children born with handicaps to excel. She was the founder of Special Olympics.
> The Special Olympics, something I try to support every year here in Georgia, has a special place in my heart. The reason for that is my youngest sister. My sister Alicia was physically handicapped. She was born disabled. She wore bottle thick glasses, didn't have a straight tooth in her mouth, couldn't walk without braces and a walker, and rolled around in a wheelchair most of her life.
> My sister competed in Special Olympics while I was away at college.
> She was the poster child for Crippled Children's Fund and did so many things.
> Why? The type of myelomingiecil spina bifida, Type 3, is the single most deadly form of Spina Bifida. Normally babies with this don't live outside the womb. Alicia did, for eleven years, so she wasn't just a poster child, she was a miracle. And it is thanks to people like Eunice Kennedy Shriver that she could share her story.
> Her presence will be missed as much as my sister's will.
> Rev. Laura A. Neff
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