Richard (Dick) Van Kirk (BS '58)

Two significant life changes in the past 16 months. My dear wife Janet died in September 2015 from metastatic melanoma brain tumors, and I moved from our long-time (46 years) home in Arcadia to a new retirement community (MonteCedro) in Altadena. Meanwhile, I am living with a rare form of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, originally diagnosed four years ago.
I am still active with Special Olympics Southern California (President Emeritus) and we are working to take advantage of the great legacy left by the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. We have grown our program to include over 28,000 athletes, who take part in over 200 competitions a year in 12 sports throughout the southern half of the state. The athletes of Special Olympics keep me energized and thrilled by their courage, determination and joy.

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