We lost Patrick O'Leary, beloved husband, father, brother, son, mentor, and friend, to glioblastoma multiforme (Stage IV brain cancer) on 7/11/2015. During Patrick's valiant ten month battle he underwent brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, but nothing was able to stop the progression of the disease. The treatment he received was the exact same as it was 11 years before when his sister was taken by the same illness. Just a few weeks ago our good friend lost his father to glioblastoma only six months after diagnosis. Although there has been some progress when it comes to treating glioblastoma and other types of brain tumors, there is still a long way to go.
Because Patrick's illness and loss were so devastating to my life, as Patrick's wife I decided I needed a way to channel all of the energy associated with the experience and have gotten involved with the National Brain Tumor Society. This year, I am focusing my efforts on the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk. I am a member of the planning committee and it has been a rewarding experience. I have also been asked to take on several other commitments with NBTS, including traveling to Washington DC in May for the annual "Head to the Hill" event where we will be tasked with meeting with our state government representatives to advocate on behalf of the brain tumor community to push for additional funding for research into these devastating illnesses. All of this is done in Patrick's memory and in the hope that in the future others will not have to suffer the way he and those around him did.
NBTS is on the front lines in the important fight against the horrible disease that took my husband and devastated my life and the lives of all those who knew and loved him. I can't think of a more worthy cause. Please consider donating to Team Patrick or joining us for the walk. If you’re interested in getting involved, please let me know.
Thank you for your continued support, love and prayers!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research; advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community; and providing comprehensive patient, family and caregiver resources. Your support ensures this important work will continue.