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Kelly O'Brien Rooney passed away on July 11, 2006 after a courageous, four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 43 years old, and in the prime of her life. She was a mother of five, sister to four, a daughter, a wife, a cousin, an aunt, a niece, a friend and a neighbor.

Kelly's humor kept her afloat during chemo and radiation. Her ability to stay "Glass Half Full" throughout her treatment was an inspiration to her friends and family. Kelly's positive attitude was contagious.

A group of us signed up for a 60 mile walk. Kelly came up with the team name: SAVE 2ND BASE (get it?). We printed (and eventually trademarked) tee shirts with the phrase. We were amazed when our shirts brought smiles and laughter to many of our fellow walkers and supporters.

This photo is of Kelly at the walk in the green shirt and angel wings.
Kelly passed away eight months later.

Our shirts are Kelly's little wink. We hope to share her strength through humor. Through our Scholarship program, donations to various non-profits, and hundreds of gifts-in-kind, we at Save 2nd Base continue our philanthropic efforts in Kelly's honor.


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