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Lady Falcon’s Buffy Maguire On Life After Losing a Child to Cancer

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Erin Feher

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Photographed by Aubrie Pick

Buffy Maguire is a cool mom with a rad coffee truck. She’s a third generation San Franciscan who knows all the local artists and surfers and likes to kick off her Vans and dive into the icy ocean at least once a week. But like so many of the fierce and resilient women we feature here, she is so, so much more than that. Buffy found out that her eldest son, Kevin, had a cancerous brain tumor when he was just eight years old. For the next 15 months she rarely left his side. When he died, at the age of nine-and-a-half, it was his voice she heard. It encouraged her to keep going, to not climb out of the closet window and drive away, but instead, be a model for her two younger sons—then six and four years old—on how to handle to most powerful crashing wave of grief one could imagine.

Below, the inspiring and resilient mother generously welcomes us into her gorgeous home, introduces us to her enigmatic and energetic boys, shows us around the swoon-worthy Lady Falcon Coffee Club truck, and talks honestly about life before, during, and after the unimaginable.

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  1. Hello,

    I’ve read this with tears in my eyes….

    Buffy, I just want to tell you that you are a very strong woman, inspirational and beautiful spirit. I truly admire you! <3

    I want to send good thoughts from Luxembourg.


  2. Sharon Daley says...

    Buffy, Just finished reading your incredible story. Enjoyed ever word. We have known you since you were a baby and taking us on this heartfelt journey was amazing. You have a lot of angels watching over you with big smiles and so proud of the woman you are today. Love, Bob and Sharon

  3. Marie Duffy says...

    Just cried my eyes out you incredible tiger mum, you look fabulous to boot. Your boys are awesome could see wee kevin in them, my goodness its uncanny. They wont even remember me now, the last day we played boiled with pat on the beach. I think of u all practically every day. Love you beautiful example of the female entrepreneur. Love ya,s – marie xxx

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