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Today is 5 ~ 4 Day! Help us with our mission: “Concussions last more than a lifetime…”

May 4, 2013

Hello all,

It has been just over a year since Sean’s death, and it still amazes me how many people are posting on his Facebook page, how many people are contacting us after just learning about his death, how many people are sharing stories of how their lives have changed because of Sean.

Almost as powerful is the number of people who have been in touch with us since we formed our non-profit Heads Up! CTE in November of 2012.  We have had over 5000 hits to this web site, with people from around the world asking for resources and information for their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, spouses, friends, and themselves…

Sean’s legacy lives on, he continues to help so many people with his story, his pain, his achievements — despite the disease that slowly destroyed his mind.

In the past couple of months we have had some major milestones, and today, May 4 (5~4), I want to share those with you — in honor of my brother, Sean O’Malley who’s favorite number and sports jersey number was 54 for much of his football career:

1) Numerous high schools, colleges, and little league football teams have been using materials and information we have provided to educate their coaches, physicians, players and parents about the risks associated with repeated head injuries.

2) State legislators and other public officials have been referring to our web site and resources.

3) We have been featured in various web and print publications with a special focus on Sean’s story.

4) Bishop Ireton High School, where Sean attended in Virginia, will award the first Sean O’Malley Memorial Scholarship to a very deserving student-athlete on May 23rd, 2013.

And, something that we need your help with:

On May 22, 2012 my parents, Jeff and I will be heading to Washington, DC to attend the Tom McHale Memorial Event for the Sports Legacy Institute.  At this event we will be meeting with NFL players, members of the NFL organization, the who’s who in the field of research, education, and treatment for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), legislators, and others who are actively searching for resources and cures for CTE.  HeadsUp! CTE is committing to being sponsors which will allow us to share Sean’s story with so many in such a powerful way, and we are looking to raise at least $1000 for this event.  We welcome your donations to help sponsor, and in continued support of our efforts.

In honor of 5 ~ 4 Day and to thank you for your donation, we are offering an unreleased and inspiring audio track recorded by Sean during the production of the Volume 5 Cardio Coach(TM) workout.  We will provide a link to this gift of Sean with each donation.

Heads Up! CTE is a non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.  Please save the Pay Pal receipt for your files.

Here is the link to make a donation:

After making your donation — please click on the button that allows you to continue to our website — and follow the instructions to download the audio file.

Thank you for your continued support as we spread the word about the link between head injuries, contact sports, and CTE.

With love and appreciation,

Colleen, Jeff, Chuck and Nancy

5 ~ 4 DAY

One Comment leave one →
  1. Tanya permalink
    May 4, 2013 11:30 am

    Colleen, I love it!!! What you are doing in Sean’s honour and Sean’s track. It’s so good to hear that track and Sean’s voice again (with words I don’t already know really well). Keep up the wonderful work.

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