Stephen Breen and John O’Leary: Men of Courage

I attended the Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation annual dinner last night. The foundation was started by Jim and Kathy Breen in honor of their son, Stephen who lost a battle to Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 16. As Stephen was dying he told his parents that he wanted to be remembered. This is their way of remembering Stephen. The foundation provides scholarships to Catholic schools for disadvantaged youth.

The keynote speaker was John O’Leary. John was 9 years old in 1987 when he was burned over 99% of his body. I cannot do his talk justice. I am providing the 2 videos below to give you a brief look at John’s story but they fall far short of the real thing. Warning: the second video contains graphic images. It was a privilege to be a part of this wonderful event.


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