Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Announces This Year’s Spokesperson
Jeanine O’Malley is a proud Beverly area resident, wife of a Chicago fireman and a stay-at-home mother of four children ages, eight, seven, six, and four. Life for Jeanine was good. She took care of her hard working, real-life fireman hero and four wonderful children. At 39 years old Jeanine never imagined that she would add breast cancer survivor to her list of many titles.
In November of 2013, Jeanine was showering for her youngest son’s, then two years-old, birthday party when she felt a painful lump on her left breast. The thought of breast cancer quickly ran in her mind. “I have two aunts from both my mother’s and father’s side that had breast cancer, one of which died from the disease,” said O’Malley. Jeanine immediately made an appointment to see her OB/GYN, Dr. Monica Christmas, with Little Company of Mary’s (LCM’s) Medical Group.
Dr. Christmas quickly referred her to get a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy which confirmed her worst nightmare, Jeanine had stage-3 breast cancer. A rush of emotions and fear consumed Jeanine until she fell into the hands of the medical experts that make up Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. It was at Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center where Jeanine met a team of compassionate and skilled providers that held her hand every step of her cancer journey.
“During my ultrasound, Dr. Bennett Y. F. Lum, LCM’s board-certified radiologist, told me that everything was going to be just fine,” said O’Malley. “The powerful words of survival and encouragement didn’t stop with him. Dr. Nancy J. Taft, LCM’s fellowship trained board-certified breast surgeon, told me that 2013 is definitely not going to be a walk in the park, but you’re going to look back and you won’t believe what you were able to do. You’ll see just how strong you are. Right before my double mastectomy surgery, a prayer was said for me as I laid there in the operating room. The prayer was beautiful, the LCM medical team asked God for my health back and for God to place his hands over the hands of the surgical team during my operation. I believe this is a patient experience unique to Little Company of Mary Hospital.”
The rich outpour of support didn’t stop at Little Company of Mary for Jeanine. Jeanine feels eternally grateful to her Beverly and St. Cajetan’s community members as well the city’s Chicago firemen for the tremendous amount of support, prepared dinners, gift cards, and groceries provided during her time of illness.
After Jeanine’s double mastectomy and a successful plan of treatments, Jeanine finds herself today cancer-free and with a new profound vision for life. “During the past two years, I learned that tomorrow is a mystery, however today is truly a gift,” said O’Malley. “This ordeal not only has given me a new perspective but it has made my family and I want to help others.” Today, Jeanine and her family don’t hesitate to prepare meals or purchase groceries or gift cards for other families in her community who also are in need.
Jeanine is so appreciative of all the support Little Company of Mary has given to her and her family that she has agreed to lend her inspiring story to help bring awareness about Breast Cancer at this year’s 16th annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.
“The Beverly Breast Cancer Walk is a beacon of support and inspiration for our community,” said O’Malley. “Where else can you find more than 14,000 city workers, families, churches, and schools walking proud in support or memory of a loved one that is fighting or lost their battle with Breast Cancer?”
MORE ABOUT THE BEVERLY BREAST CANCER WALK
Please join us for the 16th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. The walk starts at 8:00 a.m. at Ridge Park located on 96th and Longwood, Chicago, Illinois. Register early to receive a t-shirt with your $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Same-day registration is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children 18 and under and t-shirt availability is not guaranteed. All proceeds benefit Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.
For more information or to register for the 16th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk, please visit www.beverlybreastcancerwalk.org or call 708.229.5022. For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center, please visit LCMH.org/breastcancer or call 708.229.4050. To schedule a mammogram, please call 708.499.8550. To watch a short three minute video about Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center, please visit LCMH.org/breastcenter.
Jeanine O’Malley with her husband Mike and her four lovely children.