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Sad day for Democrats – Senator Ted Kennedy diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

May 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Senator Ted Kennedy, revered as the liberal lion of American Democratic politics and father figure to numerous nieces and nephews, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after suffering a seizure this past Saturday. He is still undergoing tests to determine how aggressive the tumor is and what course of treatment he will take. The AP reports that this type of tumor has survival rates of less than a year to up to five years, and this depends upon a number of factors.

Because Senator Kennedy has been such an ardent supporter of many issues that are important to Latinos such as healthcare and education, I think that we should show him our support and goodwill. He is an icon, and I’m hoping that he fights this illness with the same strength and vigor that he has demonstrated for his fellow Americans, especially those of us who don’t have his vast resources.

There have been a few good posts on the Daily Kos with input, best wishes, and reflections of personal encounters with the great Senator from Massachusetts. So bust out the prayers, positive thoughts, good vibes, and light some candles. We need more advocates like Senator Kennedy in this country.

Photo Credit: AP, taken today from Massachusetts General Hospital with wife Vicki

Tags: Democratic Party · Education · health care · Kennedys

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wendy Carrillo // May 20, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    oh this is just so sad :(
    he is the last of the 4 brothers… and he is funny! i had a chance to meet him very briefly when he was in california in feb campaigning for obama… when he busted out singing the mariachi song about Jalisco at east la college, i thought my life was compleate!

  • 2 Michaelr // May 21, 2008 at 10:50 am

    There is no one in the U.S. Senate to fill this man’s shoes. Or even fit to tie his shoelaces.

  • 3 Barrio Abogado // May 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Sen. Kennedy is an icon and has been a champion for the Latino community on issues like immigration, voting rights, and education. I have been lucky enough to have worked around him when I was in DC and meet him several times. He is the last member of the Kennedy family that changed the politics of this county. Our prayers go out to him and his family.

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