Senator Charles Schumer of New York applauded the nomination:
“I first met Ciarán, from Mayo, and Orlaith, from Louth, while working with Ciarán to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including expanding immigration opportunities and legalization for the Irish. In the wake of the tragic death of their son, Rory (who I met and knew), from sepsis in 2012, I and my staff have worked closely with them as they bravely sublimated their pain into positive action. They attacked the scourge of sepsis—determined to prevent others from experiencing the indescribable pain they had to endure.
Their grief from Rory’s loss was powerful, but so was their determination to make a positive change. Rather than curse the darkness, Ciarán and Orlaith chose to light a candle by founding the Rory Staunton Foundation to tackle the issue of sepsis by raising awareness about the mistakes that led to their son’s preventable death.”
We thank the Irish government and President Higgins for this honor and pledge to continue our crusade until preventable deaths from sepsis are a thing of the past.
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Ciarán and Orlaith Staunton recognized with Irish presidential award for tireless sepsis work