I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
As most of you know, we lost a very special person this year. As a wife, mother, “Mimi”, sister, and friend, Brenda DeGeorge touched so many through her love for life and family. She battled cancer for over 25 years. Even though it ultimately led to her passing, she didn’t lose the battle. She won the battle against cancer because she lived. She lived every day to the fullest since she was first diagnosed, embracing each day, and letting her faith guide her. She left a legacy for her family and friends – to never take a single day for granted and always put family first.
Brenda often said she would have not done as well as she had without her UVA team, or as she called them her second family. Dr. Brenin, nurse Christina, and social worker Paula (and so many others) supported Brenda and family through the years, in ways that can never be measured. They celebrated her successes, cried with setbacks, laughed with her, and above all encouraged her to set goals and focus on what was important to her. In doing so, no matter how difficult it got, they helped her find hope and motivation, in life, to live. One of the last goals Brenda made with Dr. Brenin was to meet her eighth grandchild. Even though the treatment was difficult, Brenda kept fighting to meet that goal with the support of her UVA team. And she accomplished her goal – she was able to hold and spend time with her grandchild as well as with her family.
In honor of Brenda’s life and the wonderful care she received UVA, Willow’s Warriors will be participating in, and fundraising for, the Women’s 4 Miler.