Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy, and mother to California First Lady Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, has passed away at the age of 88.
Though a member of the usually flamboyant Kennedy dynasty, the fifth child of Joe and Rose Kennedy kept a low profile unless it was to champion Special Olympics, an organization she founded with her husband, Sargent Robert Shriver.
Her mission was to bring about a sense of pride for the mentally challenged by using sports to gain respect and acceptance. Mrs. Shriver's inspiration came from her mentally challenged sister, Rosemary.
Today, Special Olympics helps 3 million intellectually handicapped people in 170 countries.
Thank you, Mrs. Shriver. You've been a blessing. Sleep well with the angels.