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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88

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posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:45 AM
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88


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Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a member of the famed Kennedy clan who devoted much of her life to children's charities, including founding the Special Olympics, died at the age of 88.
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posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:45 AM
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Known for her devotion to the mentally disabled community and in particular her mentally disabled sister Rosemary, Ms. Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968. For years before, she had invited mentally disabled children to a summer camp held in the backyard of her Maryland home. From the first group of 35 children, the Special Olympics grew into an organization that now hosts 227 programs in more than 180 countries and includes more than three million participants.

The Special Olympics were designed "to demonstrate that people with mental retardation are capable of remarkable achievements in sports, education, employment and beyond," Ms. Kennedy Shriver said.

"With enormous conviction and unrelenting effort, Eunice Kennedy Shriver has labored on behalf of America's least-powerful people, those with mental retardation," President Ronald Reagan said, when presenting Ms. Kennedy Shriver with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984.


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posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:48 AM
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Our nation has lost a great woman. May she rest in peace.


We should all take a page from her glorious book of life and learn to live with a warmer heart as she did.

[edit on 11-8-2009 by xoxo stacie]



posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:58 AM
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I don't know much about her, but she seems like a good person. May she rest in peace. RIP.

Peace



posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 06:15 AM
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