Origin: In July 2006 we lost our sister and friend Kelly Rooney to breast cancer. She was 43 years old and left behind a husband and five children. Cancer can take one's hair, energy and mobility, but Kelly refused to let it take away her sense of humor. She coined the phrase “Save 2nd Base™” and inspired us all. We hope our shirts inspire you!
Kelly O'Brien Rooney passed away on July 11, 2006 after a courageous, four-year battle with breast cancer. She was just 43 years old.
Kelly and her husband, Sean, created an amazing and dynamic family during their 15-year marriage including the birth of five children - Casey, Molly, Haley, Quinn and Jack. Kelly, who resided in Wayne, Pa., was undoubtedly known for her outpouring of love as a mother and wife; her loyalty as a daughter, niece, cousin, sister and aunt; and her hospitality as a neighbor or friend. Always injecting a bit of humor into everything she touched, Kelly served as an incredible role model for living life with charisma, optimism, persistence and determination, and most importantly, not letting cancer take away her sense of humor.
Even during the most stressful days of her intimate and personal battle with breast cancer, Kelly's number one priority was not herself - but her children. She was fearless and relentless in her pursuit to understand how she could prevent her four daughters from ever facing this dreadful disease.
Before she passed, Kelly Rooney designed the original Save 2nd Base™ T-shirt design for a cancer walk, representing a catchy but serious message - we can't let cancer take away one's sense of humor. Since then, Save 2nd Base™ has grown into a breast cancer apparel company who is turning heads nationally with their usage of “pink with a wink” humor to build awareness and grow the fight against this devastating disease.
Erin Dugery and Kelly Day, Kelly's sister and friend, respectively, have grown Save 2nd Base™ into the company it is today. Thanks to their passion, the catchy T-shirts and attire have blossomed into a national frenzy with sales in all 50 states, around the world, and to our troops overseas. Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the Kelly Rooney Foundation
Founded by Kelly's husband, Sean, the mission of The Kelly Rooney Foundation (www.kellyrooney.org) is to inspire support, research and eradication of breast cancer in young women by pledging ongoing funds for research surrounding high-risk women under the age of 40.
The Foundation seeks to reach its mission by:
Since its inception, The Kelly Rooney Foundation has raised more than $1 million, and pledged ongoing funds for breast cancer research surrounding high-risk women under the age of 40. Through partnerships with breastcancer.org and The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the foundation seeks to spread the message about breast health and breast cancer prevention to young girls across the nation.