Michael Cusack
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Michael Cusack was an athlete with Down syndrome who won a gold medal in freestyle swimming at the first Special Olympics in 1968.

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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 11, 2021.
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23 entries
January 15, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 14, 2021
Alishia
January 14, 2021
May the words at Isaiah 61:1,2 prove to be comforting to you. God will bind up the broken hearted... and comfort all who mourn.
January 13, 2021
To his family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. He was an incredible athlete and human being. He truly was the face of the Special Olympics and will genuinely be missed.
Jennifer Stillwell
January 13, 2021
My sister was inspired by his success and learned to accept herself. On a daily basis, my family saw a change for the better and became much happier. I cannot thank him enough for all that he's done for people with special needs. He will be genuinely missed by the millions of people whose lives he's touched.
Rachel Thomas
January 13, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. May the God of comfort and peace strengthen you during this difficult time.
JE Sowell
January 13, 2021
Michael made an important contribution to Special Olympics and will be missed. At this sad time, may you receive comfort and strength from God.
Mary
Neighbor
January 13, 2021
What a special young man with many talents. To Michael's parents and relatives that loved him I offer my condolences. Peace and commfort to the family.
Steele
January 13, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. It was so nice to see Michael fulfill his dreams. May the Family be comforted by the God of Tender Mercy. May He mend and bind up your grieving hearts with his peace. May his strength support you with the burden of your sorrow during this very difficult time, Psalm 68:19.
BRY
January 13, 2021
He is with Eunice Kennedy Shriver the one that started the Special Olympics may he rest in peace
Irene Morrison
January 12, 2021
Scott Chamberland
January 12, 2021
He was an amazing athlete and inspiration to millions. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. I send my sincere condolences to his family. May God comfort and strengthen them during their time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed
John Moore
January 12, 2021
May Mr. Cusack rest in peace. What a spirit, and I can imagine he's once again enjoying his favorite sports in Heaven, with renewed vigor. Condolences to his loved ones. I hope the Special Olympics committee might initiate a scholarship, grant, or special trophy bearing the name of Michael Cusack, so that people continue to know his story and that dedicated Special Olympians continue to strive and thrive. God Bless.
January 12, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person.We will love you love you and miss you always.
January 12, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
January 11, 2021
A dedicated athlete that encouraged so many to do all they could despite disabilities that may have seemed insurmountable. A debt of gratitude is owed. My heart goes out to the Cusack family for your loss. May God be with you all.
January 11, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to the Cusack family, what a wonderful legacy. Mr. Cusack was an inspiration to so many. May God be with the Cusack family and friends as you endure this very difficult time of your loss.
January 11, 2021
A true inspiration to us all. God bless you. May you Rest In Peace. Condolences to your family.
January 11, 2021
Godspeed Michael. A beautiful butterfly now free of its binding cocoon.
Harry Simpson
January 11, 2021
A true inspiration! Gold medaling in the first games makes michael a hero, my hero tho we never met. His contribution to special olympics has enabled hundreds of thousands
Athletes to participate in the games for 52 years!
My adult son with Down
Syndrome is also a gold medal freestyle winner when he was on his school swim team five years.
Thank you Michael.

Debra Barkley
Friend
January 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. RIP Michael a true hero
Nancy Elizagoyen
Friend
January 11, 2021
I remember that moment in 1968, when the needs of handicapped individuals were uppermost in our minds, including our family members. Michael Cusack - - - now THERE was a soldier, THERE was a warrior, THERE was a HERO!
God Bless You.
Rev. Mike Petroski
January 11, 2021
What an inspiration RIP
Carol Ann Campbell
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