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December 2019

 

 

MARILYN’S GONE

Icon Dies After 50 Years Of Advocating

Marilyn Saviola, who has spent most of her life advocating for people with disabilities in New York City, recently died at age 74, at her home in Brooklyn.

Marilyn Saviola, who has spent most of her life advocating for people with disabilities in New York City, recently died at age 74, at her home in Brooklyn. Born and raised in the Bronx, she spent much of her life helping people with disabilities live at home in their communities. At 10, she was diagnosed with polio and hospitalized for two months in an iron lung. When she was able to breathe on her own with a portable ventilator, she was transferred to Goldwater Memorial Hospital for 18 months, then returned home. At 16, she urged her parents to let her return to Goldwater, where she could be with teens like herself. There she joined forces with other young residents to demand a youth ward.

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