Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts died late last night, August 25, 2009, from brain cancer. He was a long-time friend of health care advocates.
Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he led efforts for better funding for health and cancer research. He called providing health care insurance for all Americans “the cause of my life” and drafted legislation for health care reform this year.
In his own words,
“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”