Hi Everyone! If you don't already know me, my name is Colleen Killoran and I am one of Patrick's sisters. On January 9, 2017, my brother passed away as a result of complications related to his Type 1 Diabetes. My family is devastated by the loss of such an amazing person. A person whom we were so fortunate to call our own. Patrick was so full of life. He never complained and was never resentful for the hardships he faced. The amount of lives he touched is truly immeasurable. Patrick was in his first year of law school, engaged to his soul mate, and had his whole life ahead of him. Although the world seems a little darker without him here, the memories we have shared and the light he brought into our lives will always be with us.
Patrick leaves behind both parents (Sue & Pat), two sisters (Bridget & Colleen), two brother-in-laws (Tommy & Mike), his grandmother (Alice), a beautiful fiance (Sam) and her amazing family (Betty, Manny, & Lauren), three nephews (Ray, Connor, & James), his second Godchild who is due in August, and countless Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and friends. Although the loss we feel is indescribable, we must continue to live our lives the way he did; the way I know in my heart he wants us to.
I ran my first half marathon on October 30, 2016. Patrick couldn't be there that day because he spent most of his weekends in the library studying. He texted me saying, "I'm sorry I couldn't be there but I know you did great. I know that you will run another one in the future and I will definitely be there for it." The run was difficult and at the time I really didn't know if I would run one again. However, this tragedy has shed quite a bit of light on what I consider to be 'difficult'. This is precisely the reason I chose to run another half marathon in order to fundraise money for the disease that took my brother from us. Like he said he would be, I know Patrick will be there this time, just in a different way. I hope that many of you can join us on May 7th as we "Run to Remember" the best person I have ever known. We will run to remember, run for hope, and run to help find a cure. Thank you for your support! <3
So many lives are touched by diabetes. Today, 29 million Americans are living with the diabetes and this is why I am participating in Team Diabetes and committing to do something about it!
- 1 in 11 Americans is living with diabetes
- 1 in 4 adults who has it doesn't know it.
- 1 in 3 adults is at risk of developing it
In the next 24 hours, 4,660 new cases of diabetes will be diagnosed. That's more than 3 friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members diagnosed with diabetes every minute of every day.
Each dollar I raised will be used to support the American Diabetes Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. I invite you to join me. Please support my efforts, make an impact, and to shape the future of diabetes, and click on the Donate button.
Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so important to me!