Framingham mourns its fiercest advocate for the disabled, Karen Foran Dempsey

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FRAMINGHAM — Karen Foran Dempsey hated phrases like “wheelchair-bound” and “wheelchair-restricted.”

Dempsey noticed her motorized scooter as a present, not a burden, in accordance with her sister, Metropolis Councilor Janet Leombruno. It helped get her to locations she wanted to go. 

“Karen would say, ‘No, I’m not restricted to a wheelchair. These are my wheels. These are my legs. That is my freedom,’” Leombruno recalled.

For the previous few a long time, Dempsey made a reputation for herself in Framingham as a tenacious advocate for the incapacity neighborhood, utilizing her varied roles in public workplace to make her hometown a extra accessible place.

On Christmas Eve, the College Committee member and founding father of the Framingham Incapacity Fee died unexpectedly. She was 54. 

Buddies, household and colleagues say she leaves behind a legacy that gained’t quickly be forgotten. 

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