It has been many years since Margo lost her fight against Leiomyosarcoma, but the memory of Margo– over six feet tall, with the biggest smile, easiest laugh, and warmest eyes– has stayed with the husband she left, her children, her siblings, family, friends, and all of us who knew and loved her. Her daughters can attest to the fact that it was not uncommon to lose friends who had come over to see them to long dining table talks with their mother and her genuine interest in their developing lives. It is likely that no other mother was ever chosen as a confirmation sponsor quite so many times! Margo was a born story-teller and writer– perhaps it was an innate piece of her Irish heritage– and stories were part and parcel of who she was. Margo was a presence: witty, quick, and passionate, and yet still selfless. She never took herself too seriously– likely the product of being one of seven and wedged in between the boys, age-wise. Margo attacked Leiomyosarcoma and being sick with her characteristic pluck and humor, once coming downstairs in a Chiquita Banana style turban after losing her hair to chemo to lighten the mood. She was in therapy for months before she could be convinced that it was all right to simply say (“pardon my French,” as she would say): “This sucks.” She loved life, loved people, and loved her family and friends. It’s a testimony to her spirit that, after she left, when people would talk about Margo to her immediate family, they would always describe her as being their “best friend.” She made everyone feel that way: she had that magical quality of making you feel like you were the only person in the world when she spoke with you. She is missed every single day by many.

When Margo was ill, there was no Leiomyosarcoma network or foundation like LMSdr, and it was a very disorienting and lonely experience. We are happy to have found the Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) Support & Direct Research Foundation. Margo was a Sacred Heart girl and her favorite goal was: “Faith in Action.” She would appreciate the Foundation’s tag line, “WORKING for the Cure” and the fact that 100% of funds received go to support the best scientists researching this aggressive, devastating, and less understood form of cancer. Thank you for considering making a donation to the LMSdr in Margo’s name.

Faith, Love, Hope.

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