Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Statement from California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

With the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver today, America has lost a champion for people with developmental disabilities.

The founder of the Special Olympics, Shriver’s work and passion laid the foundation for the greater disability rights movement.

Inspired by love for her sister, Rosemary, Shriver helped eradicate the stigma of developmental disabilities and foster breakthrough in research and education.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s spirit and humanity live on through her loved ones.

My heart goes out to her children, including California First Lady Maria Shriver and Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver, her siblings, including Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the entire family. Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be deeply missed.

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