Kim Lemmond, Survivor
Hi, my name is Kim Lemmond. I want to tell you a story about my experience with cancer.
When I was a child my aunt Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer. It caused a lot of heart ache to everyone around me. Being a young child, I didn’t understand exactly what was happening to her. When I was going through the time when my aunt died, I became friends with a girl named Gena. She became my best friend. We grew up together and did everything together. Although we drifted apart through high school, she was still someone that I loved and cherished.
In 2003, at the age of twenty-nine, I found out that Gena had breast cancer. When I found out, I reached out to her and we became close again. Gena had two young children just like me. I thought to myself, “what if this happened to me?” In 2005, Gena decided to start “Team Grace” for the Susan G. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure at NorthPark every year. We continued this tradition on even after she passed away in 2007. My daughter and I continued to do the Race every year with “Team Grace” and continued to support Gena even after she was gone.
In April 2017, at the age of 43, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. This was the most devastating news to my family and I. I was beside myself and asked “Why me,” but I knew I had to fight, not only for myself, but for my family and to be able to continue running my business Dallas Towboys. When I was going through my fight, my husband, Brent Lemmond, wrapped a truck in my honor. On the back of the truck he put “Fight like a Girl.” It was the most rewarding present he has ever given to me and truly showed his love and care for me. At that moment I knew I was going to fight and conquer this thing called cancer.
In 2018, I went through treatment and quickly realized this was the most frightening thing I would ever go through. All I could think about was how my Aunt Elaine and Gena felt as they went through these tough times. In July, I had surgery scheduled to remove half my stomach. When the doctors went in to remove my cancer, it was completely gone. My body was healed; it was the biggest miracle!
That year of having cancer I didn’t get to participate in the Susan G. Komen Dallas Race. I heard that “Team Grace” disbanded and this encouraged me to start my own team. I looked for other races that supported cancers but couldn’t seem to find any for stomach cancer. I thought to myself, why don’t I start a team that is not just for breast cancer but can support all cancers!
A month before the Dallas Race in 2019 I got t-shirts made to support all cancers. I used the slogan that my husband put on the back of the tow truck that said, “Fight Like a Girl.” I love this slogan because it doesn’t just support my fight but every other woman’s fight in America. I sold these shirts in my community to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and invited everyone to come join my team to walk in the Race. This is a tradition I will always continue to raise money for, not only because of my personal fight but because of Gena, Aunt Elaine, and everyone else that is affected by cancer.
Thank you for your support.