Rep. Maloney Statement on the Passing of Muhammad Ali
“This weekend, the world lost a remarkable man to a terrible disease. Muhammad Ali is arguably one of the greatest athletes to ever live, and his prowess and charisma inspired millions. He used his fame to advocate for issues near to his heart, such as dignity and respect for African-Americans and support for numerous charitable causes.
“But his final fight was his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Through his heroic efforts, Ali became a beacon of hope for the millions of people and families affected by this devastating disease, which currently has no cure. Ali dedicated himself to raising awareness and advocating for research, established the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, and along with Michael J. Fox, lobbied Congress to provide more funding to research Parkinson’s. In 2002 Ali Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s wife, said it best in her testimony. 'There is no question that Parkinson’s is the fight of Muhammad’s life.'
“Muhammed Ali’s inspirational voice will be missed, but he will never be forgotten. The impact he has made, both in and out of the ring, will resonate with generations to come.”