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.
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 39th President of the United States (1977–1981) and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. "You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can."
Sally Ride (First American Woman in space) has died after a 17-month long battle against pancreatic cancer. She became a household name after her historic flight on Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983, and then used her high-profile to encourage kids, especially young girls, to pursue science, math, and engineering careers. Sally, you will be dearly missed.
The beautiful face of courage: Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter USMC Carpenter, 21, of Gilbert lost the eye, most of his teeth and use of his right arm from a grenade blast Nov. 21 near Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Friends and family say he threw himself in front of the grenade to protect his best friend in Afghanistan, Cpl. Nick Eufrazio. What a HERO!!
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.
Veronica Guerin, was an Irish Journalist, she was 38 when she was gunned down in her car sitting in traffic, because she refused to back down to the intimidation of drug-lords and gang-bosses. She had been previously shot in the leg as a warning, but she never stopped chasing them. Her legacy forced the people of Ireland and Dublin to get the heroin dealers to stop dealing.