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Brian & Gerri Monaghan

We are going to love and laugh and fight this. And we are going to win.

Brian Monaghan, a fifty-nine-year-old lawyer at the top of his game, got the news that all of us dread—Stage IV melanoma had metastasized to his brain; he was given three to six months to live. He and his wife Gerri have released two amazing books, The Power of Two and When A Loved One Falls Ill and both have the power to change lives.

Prior to their marriage in 1995, Brian and Gerri Monaghan lived much of their lives in parallel universes. Brian grew up in an Irish family in Philadelphia. Gerri grew up in an Irish family in New York City and Connecticut. While Brian was attending the United States Naval Academy, Gerri was in high school. When she was attending the University of Connecticut, he was in Vietnam. Gerri was the wife of an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy while Brian attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Brian was a single parent to Kathi and Patrick in San Diego for more than thirteen years while Gerri was raising two sons, Todd and Mark Wortmann, in Colorado. Gerri moved to San Diego in 1988 and worked as a paralegal for a large defense law firm, a firm often in opposition to Brian's plaintiffs' law practice. As Brian puts it, in 1990 Gerri "saw the light", joined Brian's firm and the rest is history. While their books and their attempts to “pay it forward” take up a large part of their time, Brian and Gerri’s continued emphasis is on their four children and their grandchildren, Dylan and Kyra Vaughn, Jake Monaghan, and the Wortmann children: Riley, Trevor, Reagan, and Cassidy. And, of course, on their faithful Canine Companion, Joy.

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November 8, 2011
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March 1, 2011
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