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Tom Brady on K&C: 'I am so happy [my mom] was here yesterday'

Ryan Hannable
October 23, 2017 - 8:10 am

Tom Brady's parents -- Galynn and Tom Brady Sr. -- were in town for Sunday's game with the Falcons and part of the "Crucial Catch" pregame ceremony, which gave awareness to all cancer types.

Galynn had breast cancer last season with her treatments ending just a few weeks before Super Bowl LI. That was the only game she attended all season. 

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady detailed what it was like being on the other side of the country with what his mom was going through and how challenging it was for him. (Brady's parents were interviewed by Andrea Kramer on NFL Network in a piece which aired Sunday morning discussing Galynn's treatment and what the whole process was like. Click here for more.)

“We haven’t really dealt with anything health-wise in our family as significant as what both my mom and my dad were going through," Brady said. "It was very challenging. I’ve been away for a long time. I went to school in Ann Arbor and then came all the way out here. Fortunately, two of my three sisters still live in California and they were right there with my mom and my dad, too. I knew they were really well taken care of by my sisters and my parents have a lot of friends, we still live in the same house that I grew up in. They had a lot of support and we’d check in a lot.

"Everyone kind of knew what was going on on a daily and weekly basis with treatments. I feel so much for families that are being affected by it. I think everyone can share so many of the same feelings because it is really challenging. You want to stay so strong for your parents and I think that is the most important thing — just try and say positive and keep encouraging. Sometimes their souls move on to a better place and my mom fought really hard, had great care. I am so happy she was here yesterday and we’re just going to keep staying on top of it and appreciate the moments we have.

"Hopefully we don’t have to deal with it ever again. Again, it’s so much apart of all of our lives in one form or another — whether it is friends or families, or teammates — you just try and be there as supportive as you can. Hopefully things go well.”

Brady noted he believes everything his mom endured brought their family closer together and he cherishes moments like the ones his mom had with his kids before the game on Sunday even more.

“There’s a lot of twists and turns to all the things," he said. "One day it’s good and one day it’s not so good. Again, you just try and be supportive. It is, it’s very challenging. It’s very challenging. It’s a tough thing to deal with. It’s brought our family closer together, I would say. We’ve got to experience some things over the last year and a half where we really were all together and did some really fun things together. Maybe that was a little sliver-lining for us to get all my family — my sisters, my parents and all their grandkids together as often as we can. We are always going to have those memories.

"I said after the game yesterday, I was here at my house with my kids and my wife carving pumpkins with my mom yesterday before the game. Those memories my kids will have with their grandma forever. Hopefully my mom is around for a lot longer, another 25 years, but it’s great just to never take these things for granted and enjoy all the days we have."

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