Eunice Kennedy Shriver As founder and honorary chairperson of Special Olympics and executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a leader in the worldwide struggle to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than five decades.
School psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, was killed during an attempt to stop gunman Adam Lanza during the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sherlach and school principal Dawn Hochsprung reportedly both lunged at Lanza in an attempt to protect the school's students and teachers. Both Sherlach and Hochsprung were killed. It has been said that she felt she was doing "God's work." Truly, she did that day.
Ryan White - (1971 - 1990) - The face of AIDS during the early days of awareness in this country. A hemophiliac, Ryan became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and was diagnosed in 1984. He was initially only given 6 months to live but survived for 5 more years & became a national spokesperson.
Behtany Hamilton is amazing. At the age of 13, she survived a shark attack in which she lost her left arm. She was able to overcome the serious and debilitating injury and made an amazing comeback to her dream of professional surfing.