Accident victim was a hero
December 29, 2005
Dear Editor:You reported on the tragic car crash yesterday that took the life of Elizabeth Birt, from Illinois.Please know that Liz was not just another tourist. Liz was a tireless advocate for all children with autism, including her own son. To many of us, Liz was not only a friend, but a hero as well. First and foremost a devoted mother, her mission to find the truth for children diagnosed with autism has impacted all who share that goal. Blessed with a beautiful mind and dauntless courage, Liz has shown us what it is possible for us to achieve when our focus remains firmly upon the future of our children.Even as she dealt with the day-to-day challenges and anguish an autism diagnosis places upon parents, Liz was able to maintain a tenacious drive to find the truth for all of our kids. Liz was a lawyer, legal counsel for SafeMinds, founder of the charity Medical Interventions in Autism and frequent testifier in Congress. Her investigation into government data regarding the rise of neurological disorders among the children of this country led to groundbreaking revelations, the effects of which will be felt for generations to come.The legacy Liz leaves to us is profound. Perhaps the greatest tribute we can make to our friend is to continue her work to the best of our ability, always keeping in mind the simple words Liz often used at the end of her e-mails, “I will never give up.” Her unwavering determination to find answers for all of our affected children will live on through those of us she touched.Holly BortfeldOrrtanna, Pa.