CHAMPION: Carole McFadden
RECIPIENT: Meg Keating
Meg and I started working together in 2005. We became instant friends. We’ve shared many adventures and a lot of laughs. She is sweet, smart, kind-hearted, has an infectious smile, and is beautiful inside and out.
On December 7, 2007, Meg was at an office Christmas lunch. I received a call from our co-worker that Meg had some sort of seizure and was being rushed to Northwestern Hospital. I contacted her parents and met them there. To our shock, Meg was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, brain tumor.
So, her journey began. Surgery, chemo, radiation, nausea, hair loss…the sad side-effects of survival. Yet all the while, she was the one who kept US going with her positivity, courage, strength, hope, and appreciation.
Her cancer-free journey continued for almost twelve years. It wasn’t always an easy journey; minor set-backs, disappointments, worry-some scans, loss of fellow cancer friends and more. But she forged on - volunteering at Lurie Children’s Hospital, participating and speaking at charity events, running 5K’s/marathon for BT causes, and donating her time wherever she could. She pushed and took good care of herself mentally and physically.
In June of 2019, Meg’s brain tumor returned. She had surgery with a four-month setback of infections and more surgeries, before treatment could start. On February 20, after 8-months, Meg received a “great” MRI! She is currently on maintenance chemo.
Meg’s faith, family, friends, and Wonder Woman determination, is what keeps her going. She never gives up.
She is truly an inspiration to us all.