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Happy Valentine’s Day to All of our Shamrockin’ Friends!

14 Feb

Do you still need a Valentine’s Day present for your loved one?  Well Brady’s Dad has the perfect gift for you.

Happy Valentines Day

Purchase your tickets for Shamrockin’ for a Cure so you can kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season on Feb 27th!


To donate or buy tickets:

Thank you to The Sister Project for featuring Shamrockin’ for a Cure and helping us spread awareness to find a much needed CURE for Cystic Fibrosis.



26 Feb

Shamrockin'_2013 logo

Friday, March 7th
Countryside Banquets
6200 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525
7:00pm -11:00pm

Tickets cost $60 ($49 is tax deductible) and includes beer, wine and food.

Brady was on the front page of the Suburban Life today (2/26/2014)

Brady was on the front page of the Suburban Life today (2/26/2014)

Brady was very excited to be interviewed and photographed for the Suburban Life story. He was even more excited when I showed him the paper today and he was on the cover and they wrote a story about Shamrockin’ for a Cure! Brady has definitely picked up on the fact that Shamrockin’ is a major priority these days and just assumes Kellene and I are going to a meeting or doing something for Shamrockin’ whenever we leave. He will also make a great manager someday. The other night at dinner he asked me about my day and followed that up with “did you sell anything for Shamrockin’ today?” I look forward to the day when Brady asks me “can you believe we did it? Can you believe we found a cure for CF? What are we doing next dad?”

We are very excited to see everyone March 7th!

The night will feature bag pipers, Irish dancers, drinks, dinner and more. With a live band, the famous Pot of Gold raffle and a premium silent auction, Irish eyes will definitely be smiling on this unforgettable night!
Want to donate to our silent auction? Email

Shamrockin’ for a Cure 2013 sold out with over 400 people so we upgraded the venue to accommodate up to 1,000 people this year! Please invite friends – we promise to have a great night of fun to formally kick-off the St Patrick’s Day season!

The streak is over…for now!

8 Feb

We have really enjoyed a long streak of staying healthy and hospital-free since Labor Day 2012.  But after fighting a persistent cough, crippling headaches and random fevers for the past 2 months, Brady has been admitted at Lurie Children’s Hospital for what is likely to be a “CF tune-up” to give him heavy doses of IV antibiotics to knock out whatever has been causing these issues.  Brady is still maintaining his streak of baffling doctors and keeping everyone on their toes as they try to diagnose his symptoms, but the good news is that his CT scan and chest X-Rays look good!

Brady is still 100% focused on kicking CF’s butt and I am 100% certain he will prevail!  As is usual for Brady, he has been extremely courageous and brave throughout all of the poking and prodding for the various tests.   The word has spread rather quickly and we thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers to help Brady fight even stronger than ever!

Thank You!
Matt, Kellene, Brady & Quinn

Shamrockin’ for a Cure 2014 is right around the corner…we expect to have Brady back to 100% in time for the big event!


Shamrockin’ for a Cure 2013 – THANK YOU!!!!!

12 Mar

Thank you to everyone who made Shamrockin’ for a Cure 2013 such a tremendous success! We had a great time and while we tried to thank everyone for all of the incredible support you continue to demonstrate for Team O’Connell, we know we probably missed a few…thank you!

I have had an opportunity to meet many CF parents and patients and while it’s an ugly disease that takes the lives of far too many people, the strength and courage demonstrated by those who fight CF every single day is absolutely amazing.

Included below is a video of Brady in his fight to beat Cystic Fibrosis. We are going to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and we look forward to crossing the finish line with you!

If you were not able to attend March 1st and would like to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you can still donate online using the link from Shamrockin’ for a Cure:

Matt, Kellene, Brady and Quinn

Shamrockin’ for a Cure!

22 Jan

Team O’Connell is hosting Shamrockin’ for a Cure on March 1st and we have SOLD OUT! Please email Kellene ( with your contact information to join our waiting list.

Shamrockin' for a Cure! | March 1, 2013

We have an awesome night planned with live music, bagpipers, Irish dancers and great friends and family to help us raise money to make CF stand for Cure Found! If you would like to donate but cannot attend Shamrockin’ for a Cure, please send checks made payable to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | 5139 Ellington Ave | Western Springs, IL 60558 or click on the following link to donate online

Matt, Kellene, Brady and Quinn O’Connell


18 May

Team O’Connell – tonight is the start of a HUGE weekend for Cystic Fibrosis and our efforts to make CF stand for Cure Found!  Kellene and I are hoping Cocktails for a Cure will evolve into our Cure Found Party sooner than later!!!!! 

Weekend Schedule:
Friday, May 18th | Cocktails for a Cure 6:30 – 12:00
Saturday, May 19th | Naperville Great Strides Walk


Matt, Kellene, Brady and Quinn

Stronger every day…

20 Feb

Brady is being such a champ through the several hours of treatment he endures each day and we continue to see improvements as a result of his resilience and determination!  We are still in isolation and have not attended school or any play groups since Brady was sick…we are looking forward to getting him (and Kellene) back into the social scene, soon enough!  Isolation makes the days longer but luckily the weather has been beautiful and we have been able to get Brady outside everyday for exercise and to burn off energy!  In addition to Brady’s core team of CF doctors we have also been meeting with a doctor practicing integrative medicine; traditional Western medicine, Chinese Medicine and Homeopathic treatments.  We are doing everything we can to keep Brady’s lungs healthy and clear while we fight through the nasty cold and flu season.  As parents, we will stop at nothing to fight CF and we are constantly looking for ways to keep Brady strong and healthy…and having fun too!

Brady’s current schedule each day consists of…

9 Nebulized Treatments

4 Vest Treatments to break up mucous in his lungs

33 pills a day

1 powerful antibiotic to keep his superhero powers going!

20 pills of homeopathic medicine a week

Vitamins/Probiotics each day

We are very busy planning the 2012 Team O’Connell CF Fundraiser and we have secured a date and location!  We may have even found a place that can hold us for more than 1 year as we have consistently managed to outgrow every venue we have been selected (trust me, that is a great problem to have!).


Friday, May 18

Via Bella Banquets



***$20 Ticket includes Appetizers, Entertainment and Drink Tickets

***All proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Saturday, May 19

Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Naperville Riverwalk


Invitations will be sent out via email and regular mail.

If you want to volunteer, donate an auction/raffle item, or have your company be a sponsor please email Kellene at

Be a part of this great committee!

Thanks for your continued prayers and support!


Matt, Kellene and Brady