Twenty-five years ago, Sen. Edward Kennedy was among the notables on hand to help celebrate the opening of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, known today as one of the world's leading cancer-research facilities.
Next week, another Kennedy will be in Seattle to help commemorate the Hutchinson Center's 25th year of advancing knowledge and saving lives.
Ted Kennedy Jr., a cancer survivor, health-care attorney and advocate for the disabled, will deliver the keynote address, "Facing the Challenge," at the Center's 25th birthday celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. The conference center is located at Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront, 2211 Alaskan Way.
This complimentary, invitation-only luncheon will be hosted by the Hutchinson Center in appreciation of the community's support during the past quarter century. Other speakers will include Center president and director Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., and Hutchinson Center board member Pat Stanford, community activist and wife of the late Seattle school superintendent John Stanford.
Kennedy lost his leg to bone cancer at age 12, just two years before the Hutchinson Center opened its doors in 1975. Today, he devotes his life and work to being a voice for the disabled.
His keynote address will emphasize the importance of coming together as a community to work on esteem building and role-model identification for those with disabilities. He'll also debunk the myths that surround disability and demonstrate through personal example that quality of life is not poor for those with disabilities, only different.
Kennedy has served as the executive director of "Facing the Challenge," a non-profit advocacy and public-policy office on disability-related issues; and as a teaching fellow on disability policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has also worked extensively with policy makers and corporate leaders in expanding job opportunities for people with disabilities and other issues pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
He also has served for four years on the Executive Council of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and on the Executive Committee of the 1995 Special Olympics. Since 1992 he has worked on the research faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine, and currently much of his energy is focused on studying environmental factors that lead to disease and disability.
He practices law in New Haven, Conn., where he lives with his wife and two children.
Editor's note: Members of the media are welcome to attend Kennedy's keynote address; the luncheon begins at noon and he will speak at about 1 p.m. If you plan to go, please contact Kristen Woodward, (206) 667-5095.
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Oct. 12, 2000