A life of shining example
December 30, 2005
Dear Editor:It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Liz Birt. Liz was a co-founder of the Coalition for SafeMinds and was an active board member of the organization. She also founded Medical Interventions for Autism, was a founding board member of the National Autism Association, co-founder and board member of A-Champ and helped with the development of Extreme Sports Camp in Aspen. Liz was a principal author of “Mercury in Medicine,” the staff report released by the House Government Reform Committee in 2003 that for the first time brought together the background and evolving science concerning the toxicity of mercury used as a preservative especially in childhood vaccines. Liz’s son Matthew was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder in 1996. She dedicated her life to finding out what caused his disorder and what could be done to help him and the thousands of children who suffer with autism spectrum disorders today. Her brilliant mind, strong spirit and passion for truth will be missed by everyone in the autism community. May her commitment and dedication to serving children with autism live on in those whose lives she touched. Liz, a corporate and tax attorney by training, lived in Wilmette, Ill., with her three children, Sarah, Matthew and Andrew Lopez. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., where she is survived by her two brothers and her father. All of Liz’s friends and colleagues at SafeMinds send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones. Liz was a force of nature and a shining example of love for her family and friends. We will all miss her.Please share your thoughts and memories of Liz here: http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/liz/liz.htmSheri Nakken, R.N., M.A.Nevada City, Calif.