The Kennedy family has seen their fair share of misfortune. The tragic death of Joe, Kathleen, Jack, and Bobby has led to the belief by some that the family is cursed. Although it seems that tragedy exerts a strong hold on their lives, more than anything it is because of the family's wealth and fame that their misfortune has received particular attention. More important than the tragedy has been the common thread for all of the Kennedy children. Whether through politics or nonprofit organizations, the family's wealth has provided them with innumerable opportunities to serve.