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Memories of Ted Kennedy aren't just from his campaign stops. They are also at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin where Kennedy never visited but had a huge impact.
/ Source: WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com

Memories of Ted Kennedy aren't just from his campaign stops. They are also at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin where Kennedy never visited but had a huge impact.

MILWAUKEE - Senator Ted Kennedy was no stranger to Wisconsin.

He first campaigned here in the 1960 Democratic Primary for President. He worked in Wisconsin for seven weeks, helping his brother John win the primary and capture the nomination.

In 1980, Ted Kennedy campaigned heavily in Wisconsin to try to win the Democratic Presidential nomination. He bowed out of the race after getting roundly beaten by Jimmy Carter in the primaries.

Kennedy also had an impact at places he didn't campaign.

"Senator Kennedy was a champion as it related to the fight against AIDS, said Bill Keeton with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

He says Kennedy was an early advocate for more AIDS funding. "It's the reason why this clinic is here. It's the reason why people living with HIV in Wisconsin with low income can access care and treatment," Keeton explained.

And it wasn't just AIDS funding. He got more money for women in sports with Title IX and he was instrumental in the American with Disabilities Act and the Voting Rights Act.

In 2004, Kennedy returned to Wisconsin one more time to try to get John Kerry elected president. He told a Green Bay crowd about a letter he got in college from a Packers coach. "He said that I've been highly recommended as a possible pro prospect for the Green Bay Packers."

Kennedy told the Packers he had plans to go to law school to prepare for another "contact sport" - politics.

Ted Kennedy also made many private visits to Jefferson to see his sister Rosemary, a long time resident at St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children.

Senator Kennedy was at Rosemary's bedside when she died at the Fort Atkinson hospital in 2005.