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Terri Schiavo foundation leaves Florida

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2004 family photo of Terri Schiavo being visited by her mother at a hospital in Gulfport, Fla. (Getty Images/file photo / May 2, 2012)

The Associated Press is reporting that Terri Schiavo's family members have moved the foundation they started after her death from St. Petersburg to Philadelphia.

Her brother Bobby Schindler said in a news release Tuesday that the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network moved to Philadelphia because of its proximity to New York and Washington. Also, he said, the family had lived in that area before moving to Florida years ago.

Schindler said the charity hopes to establish a center there offering rehabilitation and therapy services to those with cognitive disabilities.

Schiavo, who suffered brain damage as the result of a heart attack, was at the center of a years-long right-to-die struggle that ended in 2005 when her husband was allowed to remove her feeding tube and let her die. Her family fought to keep her alive.