For immediate release: November 22, 2013
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) and his wife, Amy Kennedy left the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus with their new daughter Nora Kara Kennedy, accompanied by Nora’s big brother, 18-month-old Owen Patrick, and five year old big sister, Harper, today.
Nora was born November 19 at 3:11 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces and measuring 18 ¼ inches long, at the the Center. View video here.
The Kennedys said they are thrilled their new addition has arrived and are excited to bring her home on the eve of the 50 year anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. The family is filled with joy to be celebrating Nora at the same time they are remembering the accomplishments and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Rhode Island’s First District. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife Amy and their three children. Amy Kennedy is a sixth grade teacher. She was born and raised in Absecon, New Jersey, and is an alumnus of Penn State University. She married Patrick J. Kennedy on July 15, 2011. The daughter of two teachers, Amy has a daughter Harper, five, from a previous marriage, and she and Patrick are also parents to son Owen, 18 months. In Congress, Patrick Kennedy championed dozens of bills to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. In 2008, he co-authored and was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act along with his late father Senator Edward Kennedy. The legislation, signed into law in 2008, provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment. After leaving Congress, Kennedy co-founded One Mind for Research dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders. In October 2013 he launched The Kennedy Forum to unite the community of mental health and urge today’s policy makers to seize the moment on behalf of those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and addictions. For more information, please visit www.patrickjkennedy.net, www.thekennedyforum.org, or follow @PJK4brainhealth on Twitter.
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