January 23rd was chosen as the date for 'The International Day of Mourning and Memory' because it was the day that Sandra Jensen, a woman with Down Syndrome, won her fight to recieve an tranplant from a hospital that had refused her because of her disability. It's a day to celebrate the courage of those who fight and to remember those who suffered 'valueless' status within society; those who lived what many refer to as 'forgotten lives' and died 'unmourned deaths'. It is sad to note that Sandra's fight, though important in that it demonstrated the power of advocacy, continues to need to be fought. I urge you to read a post called Brick Walls and both leave a comment and follow the story to find out what action can be taken.
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