Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer
Kennedy, 77, Was Diagnosed With Brain Cancer in May 2008
Kennedy's Brain Cancer
Kennedy's doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital announced his brain
cancer diagnosis on May
Kennedy left Massachusetts General Hospital for his home on Cape Cod, Mass.,
In June 2008, Kennedy underwent successful brain surgery at Duke University
Medical Center and returned home to Massachusetts, where he got chemotherapy
and radiation therapy.
Last Cause: Health Care Reform
Kennedy, a U.S. senator since 1962, returned to the Senate on July 9, 2008,
for a vote on Medicare. "I wanted to be
here," Kennedy said in a statement. "I wasn't going to take the chance that my
vote could make a difference."
In 2009, Kennedy pressed for health care reform while continuing his brain
cancer treatment. In June 2009, Kennedy, who served as chairman of the Senate
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, released the "Affordable
Health Choices Act."
Kennedy was honored and gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention
in Denver in August 2008. In that speech, he said "the torch will be
passed to a new generation of Americans" in the 2008 presidential election.
"The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."