July 16, 2020
Maria Owings Shriver ( November 6, 1955-present) is an American journalist, author, former First Lady of California, and the founder of the nonprofit organization The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. She was married to former Governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, from whom she filed for divorce in 2011.
She has written the following books: I’ve Been Thinking …: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life,More.
Shriver. is the niece of former President John F. Kennedy, and in her website she states:
“I grew up in a family that was driven to serve. My uncle John F. Kennedy was president. My uncles Bobby and Teddy Kennedy served in the U.S. Senate and also ran for president. My father Sargent Shriver served as founding director of the Peace Corps and led the nation’s war on poverty and ran for president as well. My mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, started the Special Olympics and was an amazing mother to my four brothers and myself.”
Maria Shriver is also known for her service as First Lady of California. She summarized it in her website, by saying:
“In addition to my journalism career, one of the greatest opportunities of my life was the seven years I served as First Lady of California. Along the way, I built the world’s largest Women’s Conference to empower women from all walks of life. I started the Minerva Awards to honor women who were making a difference on the frontlines of humanity. I worked on behalf of families struggling on the brink of poverty. I championed service and our state’s history’s museum. I was honored to represent my adopted state and I loved meeting its diverse, innovative and imaginative people. It was the role of a lifetime.”
In addition, Shriver is known for her work in The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, and has said:
“I IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT ALZHEIMER’S”
“I challenge the belief that there is nothing we can do to prevent, reverse or cure it. I challenge the belief that it affects men and women the same. Two-thirds of the brains affected by Alzheimer’s belong to women. I’m determined to find out why; that’s why I’m raising money and awareness about women-based research. I will do everything I can to fight this disease, and I will never stop fighting until it’s defeated.”
She states, on her website, that although her journey has had difficulties:
“…throughout it all, one thing has always been constant: My faith and my passion to make a difference and be of service to my family, my community and to the world.”
I admire Shriver for her work in the fight against Alzheimer. It is a difficult illness that steals a person’s self. It also leaves the affected person’s family helpless and devastated . I know this to be true because my own father, recently passed away from Alzheimer.
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