Kelly O’Brien Rooney passed away on July 11, 2006 after a courageous, four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 43 years old. She left behind five children under the age of 15: Casey, Molly, Haley, Quinn and Jack, and her husband, Sean Rooney.
Kelly lived life to the fullest and exuberated joy, charisma, generosity, humor and grace in everything she did. She was a firm believer in “paying it forward” and her dying wish was for her four daughters to never face breast cancer – especially at a young age – as she did. Even during the most critical days of her intimate and personal battle with breast cancer, Kelly’s number one priority was her children. She was relentless in her pursuit of understanding how she could prevent her four daughters from ever facing the dreadful disease that would ultimately claim her life.
And so, The Kelly Rooney Foundation was born.