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Michael 'Moose' Cusack, a Man With Down Syndrome Who Helped Inspire Special Olympics, Dies at 64

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Special Olympian Michael ‘Moose’ Cusack, who had Down syndrome, has died at the age of 64 from natural causes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Chicago Tribune, he died on Dec. 17. Now-Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke, who volunteered for a Chicago recreational program for people with disabilities, told the Chicago Tribune that Cusack’s enthusiasm helped inspire the Special Olympics.

Cusack’s sister, Constance McIntosh, told Todaythat his mother was “a little hesitant” about first signing Cusack up for Burke’s recreational program because “nobody knew what people with intellectual disabilities were capable of, but she decided it was her job to let him shine.” Cusack’s parents, according to McIntosh and

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