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“I was blessed…I was told I had three months to live.”

July 2007 – It was a regular Spring afternoon in 2005, but Gene O’Kelly, CEO of KPMG, had just been dealt a forecast that would shift the tide of his life indefinitely. Diagnosed with late stage brain cancer, he was given just months to live… How does the human spirit react to such a bleak prognosis, and how do you begin to say goodbye? Leaving his doctor’s office that day, one man confronted these questions and faced his own mortality.

Chasing Daylight – how my forthcoming death transformed my life (McGraw-Hill, now in paperback from October 2007, price £8.99), is the unforgettable story of Gene O’Kelly’s journey through the final chapter of his life. Gene penned his inspirational memoir in the 3 months between his diagnosis and his ultimate death in September 2005. Elegantly expressed, Gene’s voice is unaffected, poignant and his amazing courage radiates from the page.

As the Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of North America’s leading accounting firms Gene O’Kelly was recognized as a dynamic business visionary, logging 150,000+ miles a year managing the firm’s 20,000 employees nationwide.

At just 53, he was absorbed in his busy life and anticipating many happy years ahead with his wife, daughters and friends. But as fate would have it, time was one card he wouldn’t be dealt.

One week after his diagnosis, Gene shocked his colleagues and friends as he stepped down as CEO of KPMG.
“The news of my resignation ran on the wire services. The response was immediate, consistent and heart-warming.”

Chasing Daylight chronicles Gene’s journey as he begins to unravel his life and embark on his resurrection to a more profound understanding of his work, his family and his purpose.

A testament to the power of the human spirit, his story gives readers an intimate insight into living a more meaningful life - now. Glimpse the strategies Gene embraced to accept and live the final stages of his life with vibrancy and calm - and what his preparations for death taught him about life.

Death is merely the architect behind Chasing Daylight. Ultimately, at the heart of this book is voice of a hope and encouragement, reminding us to embrace the fleeting moments of our lives we share with our family, friends and even ourselves.

Gene O’Kelly asked…Must the end of life be the worst part; can it be made the best?

Chasing Daylight also offers a message of hope and inspiration for anyone struggling with the conclusion of their life, or the life of a loved one.

Readers will laugh and cry but above all else, they will be left with a newfound appreciation for the little things in life, those ‘perfect moments’ that make each day worthwhile.

About the Author:

Eugene O’Kelly was born and raised in New York City. He started at KPMG as an assistant accountant in 1972 and ended his 30-plus year career as CEO, in which capacity he served from April 2002 to June 2005 before becoming a Senior Partner of the firm.

Kelly was active in the New York business and not-for-profit sector. He served on the Executive Committee and the Board of the New Your City Partnership. On the Executive Committee of the committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, and on the Business Higher Education Forum.

His passions included, downhill skiing, baseball, attending the opera, drinking Cabernet and Barolo wines.

He passed away September 10, 2005.

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ISBN: 9780071499934, £8.99 - paperback, October 2007

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