Elizabeth Edwards, who passed away in 2010 was an advocate for healthcare and children’s causes was also an author and breast cancer survivor


A champion for children and an accomplished attorney, Elizabeth Edwards was a tireless worker on behalf of important social causes.  At the time of her death she was working with the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow, focusing on healthcare issues.


Edwards was an accomplished attorney and the mother of four children: Catharine, Emma Claire and Jack. Her first child, Wade, died in 1996, at which time she helped to establish the Wade Edwards Foundation and created a computer-learning center for youngsters in Raleigh.  Over the years she volunteered with the Parent Teacher Associations at her children’s school as well as at Goodwill Industries and was a “soccer mom.” She continued to serve her community by expanding educational opportunities for all children.


In addition to her many accomplishments, Edwards inspired countless women through her willingness to publicly share her battle with breast cancer through her book, “Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers. “Her book, “Resilience,” Edwards “crafted an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on dealing with life’s biggest challenges.”