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Cindy Lou Hensley McCain
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Cindy McCain in 2008
Born
Cindy Lou Hensley

May 20, 1954 (1954-05-20) (age 67)
Nationality American
Education B.A. in Education
M.A. in Special Education
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Chair, Hensley & Co.
Philanthropist
Known for Wife of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
John McCain (m. 1980)
Children Meghan McCain
John Sidney "Jack" McCain IV
James McCain
Bridget McCain
Parent(s) James Hensley
Marguerite "Smitty" Hensley

Cindy Lou Hensley McCain (born May 20, 1954) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and humanitarian, and the wife of long-time United States Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain of Arizona.

She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley. After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California, she became a special education teacher. She married John McCain in 1980 and the couple moved to Arizona in 1981, where her husband would be elected to the United States Congress the following year. They have three children together, in addition to adopting another.

American Voluntary Medical Team

Founding and mission

In 1988, inspired by a vacation that she took four years earlier to substandard medical facilities on Truk Lagoon, Cindy McCain founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT). It was a non-profit organization that organized trips for doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to provide MASH-like emergency medical care to disaster-struck or war-torn third-world areas. She led 55 of these missions over the next seven years, each of which were at least two weeks in duration. AVMT also supplied treatment to poor sick children around the world. In 1993, Cindy McCain and the AVMT were honored with an award from Food for the Hungry.

Adoption

In 1991, the AVMT went to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to provide assistance following the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone. While at Mother Teresa's Dhaka orphanage, the Sisters of Charity of Mother Teresa Children's Home, McCain met two infant girls she felt needed to be brought to the United States for medical treatment. She decided to adopt one of the girls, later named Bridget, with her husband readily agreeing; the adoption became final in 1993. She helped coordinate the adoption of the other little girl.

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