Tom Brady Calls Mom Galynn the ‘Most Loving Person I’ve Ever Known’ in Birthday Tribute

"Thank you for being who you are, and giving all of us something to aspire to," Tom wrote

Jamie Squire/Getty Tom Brady and his mom Galynn
Jamie Squire/Getty Tom Brady and his mom Galynn

Tom Brady has two reasons to celebrate on the Fourth of July!

On Thursday, July 4, the former NFL quarterback posted a tribute to his mom Galynn Brady on Instagram for her 78th birthday.

"I always thought it was appropriate the country took a day off to celebrate my mom… she deserves it!" Tom 46, wrote in the caption of a carousel of photos. "Happy Birthday to the most thoughtful, caring, loving person I’ve ever known."

<p>AP Photo/Mark Humphrey</p> Tom Brady hugging his mom

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Tom Brady hugging his mom

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The caption concluded: "Thank you for being who you are, and giving all of us something to aspire to 🎂🎉 Thank you for your love and commitment and support of your family always! ❤️❤️❤️."

The set included photos of Galynn beaming while holding a shopping bag and posing with her husband, Tom Brady Sr.

She also posed in individual photos with Tom and his two youngest kids, Benjamin Rein, 14 and Vivian Lake. Galynn is also a grandmother to the former New England Patriots quarterback's eldest son Jack, 16.

<p>Tom Brady/Instagram</p> Galynn holding a shopping bag

Tom Brady/Instagram

Galynn holding a shopping bag

Tom shares Jack with his ex Bridget Moynahan and Benjamin and Vivian with his ex-wife Gisele Bündchen.

Galynn, a former TWA flight attendant and a mom of four, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2016 and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy treatment. In 2017, she spoke to NFL Network about how it felt to be cleared to attend Super Bowl LI, where Tom and the Patriots pulled off a comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons.

Related: Tom Brady Says Mom Galynn Is Doing 'Really Well' After Breast Cancer Battle: I'm 'So Proud Of Her'

"I just wanted to be there for Tommy, and I wanted to be there with our family," she shared in the interview. "Everybody was going to the Super Bowl and I didn't want to miss that."

Galynn is also mom to Tom's older sisters: Maureen, Julie and Nancy. All of her children were athletes in some form — Maureen, for example, was a champion softball player.

In a June 2017 interview with Boston Globe, Tom Sr. revealed that Galynn was now in good health.

<p>Vivien Killilea/Getty </p> Tom Brady Sr. and Galynn Brady in 2023

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Tom Brady Sr. and Galynn Brady in 2023

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"She is doing great," he said. "She is getting out and playing golf and tennis and looks wonderful."

On Galynn's birthday weekend in 2023, Tom shared family photos from the golf course.

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