Who is Paqui Kelly?
As reported, Paqui is the wife of Coach Kelly, the former Francisca Barbara Craig, who was born on February 9, 1966. Francisca sounds Latin, huh? Well, her mom is more like a Spaniard from Madrid.
While working at Grand Valley State, Paqui met her husband; they started dating, tied the knot on July 2, 1994, and were blessed with three amazing children; Patrick, Grace, and Kenzel.
Ms. Paqui Kelly is this lovely lady; she is the loving and caring wife of college football coach Brian Kelly, who has been the head coach of the Irish Notre Dame/football team at Notre Dame University since 2009.
Brian Kelly Kelly
On October 25, 1961, in Everett, Massachusetts, Coach Kelly was born Bian Keith Kelly. He is the son of Boston politician Brian Kelly Sr. and of Thelma Clark Kelly Maitland, respectively.
He attended St. John’s Preparatory School and subsequently Assumption College, where he played in the role of line backer. With a bachelor’s degree in political science, she graduated in 1983.
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At Asumption, as a softball assistant as well as defense coordinator and linebackers coach, his first coaching job was
Kelly entered Grand Valley State University in 1987 after leaving Assumption in 1986, first as a graduate assistant and defensive back coach, then as defensive coordinator and running backs coach. He served as the head coach of the Grand Valley Lakers from 1991 to 2003.
After the departure of head coach Mike DeBord, Coach Kelly was the head coach of Central Michigan Chippewas football.
Coach Kelly succeeded Mark Antonio as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats at the University of Cincinnati in December 2006.
Cancer of Paqui Kelly
Paqui Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2003, at the age of 37. She had chemo and radiation. Mrs. Kelly has five sisters, two of whom, Monie and Eli, had breast cancer bouts of their own and mastectomies, and Monie had hers in 2005.
“We discovered my maternal grandmother was one of 13 and when (my dad was nine) she got sick,” Paqui says. What were you doing to a nine-year-old boy back then? All he knew was that she had issues with sex. I say, people were more concerned about depression and global wars than they were about cancer. And we kind of traced it back to it. It was just a miss for 60 years.
Her sisters Gini, Mary, and Rosie tested negative with the news that Paqui and her sister tested for the hereditary cancer gene, but her other sister Eli tested positive.
There was a 95 percent risk of her cancer coming back after the doctor told Paqui, if she didn’t have a double mastectomy, Monie had hers after her diagnosis, and Eli wanted to have the same operation, even though she had no cancer.
Just like that, the chances went from a 96 percent probability that the cancer will not return to the odds absolutely swinging the other way around,” Paqui says.”
“You Just never know”, She said.
Paqui Kelly Diagnosis of Second Cancer
For the second time, Paqui was diagnosed with breast cancer; nine months shy of her 5th wedding anniversary; the cancer was more aggressive this time, and she must undergo another surgery and reconstruction.
The Kelly Cares Foundation was founded by Paqui and Brian because of her battle with cancer.
“If it’s caught in stage one, breast cancer is 99 percent curable,” says Paqui.
If I had waited for my mammogram until I was 40, maybe I wouldn’t be here today. That is why sharing my story is so important to me. To lift consciousness. Denial is not an instrument you should use.
Brian accepted the head coaching job at Notre Dame in December 2009. The family foundation was renamed the Kelly Cares Foundation with a clean bill of health and renewed passion. Our family moved to South Bend, Indiana, a culture that our family and foundation have completely embraced.
All our aspirations have been surpassed by the Foundation’s achievements. We have donated more than $5 million as of January 2019 to causes associated with our vision and goal of supporting organizations focusing on wellness, education and community needs.
Brian and I consider ourselves so fortunate to have members of a large, passionate and devoted family and foundation team to support us on our life journey that enables us to bless ourselves and help those in need.
She’s certainly a champion and an incredible girl!