My mother (my hero) passed away on May 20, 2014 due to an incurable brain tumor with the ugly name of Glioblastoma Multiforme. On April 27th, 2014--my mother's 67th birthday--Team O'Maley participated in its first BT5K in Chicago with my mother leading the way. It was an overwhelmingly emotional and unforgettable day. In fact, my mom put all the energy she had after a 15 month fight with her brain tumor into celebrating with her friends and family, and the event day became her last truly "good" day as the tumor ultimately took everything from her just 3 weeks later.
Anyone who has ever met Betty Sue O'Maley knows just how significant her loss really is to this world. She was a brilliant historian, gifted and inspiring author, successful school psychologist, passionate humanitarian, and the most loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend anyone could ever hope for. She was my hero and my best friend.
This will be Team O'Maley's 3rd appearance at the Chicago BT5K after a hiatus for the birth of two more grandchildren for my mother, Elizabeth Kate and Jude Franklyn. Jude is looking forward to his debut race for his grandma!
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I love you, mom. This is for you.