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After Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in August 2009, letters of tribute poured in from around the world. She was mourned by Special Olympics athletes, professional athletes, celebrities, world leaders—and many more. These tributes below just begin to show the impact and scope of Eunice's work to build a more inclusive society.
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My mother believed in these things so strongly and they have played a major role in her life, especially, her work with people with intellectual disabilities.
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A light that touched not only those with intellectual disabilities but the millions of us that could not see the potential of those who were right in front of us.
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Her warm kindness, genuine compassion and stalwart activism earned her countless admirers around the world, including myself and many others here at the United Nations.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver with her giant heart, and broad vision saw another way to help Americans who were imprisoned by mental and physical challenges.
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We feel that not only the Shriver's, or the Kennedy's lost a dear and ever giving lady, we, in Special Olympics Jordan, and, all the world share with you that loss.
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Eunice was the ultimate conductor.
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The World has lost a Great Mother, a mother who had given so much care and love to countless special people with intellectual disabilities at all fronts.
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She was a woman of great insight and personality; a true advocate, a true fighter.
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What a vision it was - that people with intellectual disabilities could compete in sports and by so doing become a real and effective part of their communities.
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Throughout her life, Mrs. Shriver was a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, a determined champion of children and a true friend and partner to UNICEF.
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Though I never had the opportunity to meet her one on one, ever since I joined the Special Olympics family I have carried her in a special place in my heart.
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Individuals with Intellectual disabilities are living healthier, happier lives because of Mrs. Shriver's unwavering dedication.