Kimm's Avastin Fund
Let's come together to support Kimm's fight against brain cancer. Every cent counts!!! Thank you for your donation!!
When Kimm was diagnosed, she got ready for a fight, like most young mothers would. I was so proud of the way she stood up and asked the government to make change not only for herself, but for all the Ontarians and Canadians who expect their government to take care of them in their time of need.
And in the process, she did find help. Help from the public. The listeners, viewers and readers who learned about her story and donated money so that she could get access to the Avastin drug that allowed her to have more time with our children. The drug that was covered in three other provinces, but not in Ontario.
With that extra time, we created many memories with our children. This was a priceless gift.
And when she got to Great Wolf Lodge on March 27th to celebrate our daughter's 8th birthday, she was at peace. She was ready to accept what was to come.
Two weeks ago, she made the decision to enter Ian Anderson House hospice, which gives great dignity to people in their final hours. Quilts on the beds. Home baked cookies every day. It enveloped you in the kind of comfort you would find when visiting your grandmother's home.
Kimm touched so many people, and many of them came to visit her at the hospice. Classmates from high school. Colleagues from jobs she held years ago. Family and friends.
She had planned to visit the Atlantic Ocean to dip her hands into it, but didn't have the chance. So her friend Kimberly from Newfoundland sent her a mason jar with Atlantic Ocean water in it last weekend. They brought the Atlantic Ocean to Kimm. The same way Kimm brought hope and inspiration to so many others.
It's been a long journey home, but we have met so many wonderful people along the way. Thank you to everyone who supported us with your thoughts, your prayers, your donations and your offers to help. Thank you to the media for sharing Kimm's story. Let's keep the conversation going.
It's time to heal and find our new normal. We will share the details of the arrangements to come as soon as we know them. In lieu of flowers, Kimm would ask that donations be made to the Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills ( www.cancerassistance.org) or the Ian Anderson House ( www.ianandersonhouse.com).
Thank you again for everything 6 months and counting
I was so sorry to hear of Kimm passing away, so very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
Your wife was an inspiration to many ... I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing but am also happy to know that with her treatment she was able to share more precious time with her family before and know that these memories will be with you forever.
Rest in Peace Kimm, God Bless your family. May you find peace and eternal happiness. You've inspired us with your story.
I am saddened to hear this news. What a wonderfully courageous lady to advocate for others while enduring her own struggle with this terrible disease. God bless your family and I wish you peace and strength as you continue into the future.
I got the news from my wife this morning and was devastated to say the least. You gave me an opportunity to be your assistant coach last year and it became one of the best summers I have had in years working around the kids and soccer. You are very inspirational and will surely be missed by all. Rest in Peace Kim.
I am so sorry to hear this news. Fly free with the angels Kimm and look over your family. Your story is incredibly inspiring and has brought attention to the cause of lack of government funding for salvage treatment drugs. This needs to change and the fight will continue. Bless your family and friends and all those who cared for you. May you forever rest cancer free and your family feel the love and support of all the strangers across the world!
RIP Kimm. Your story is truly inspiring and will not be forgotten. May your kids grow up to have your strength, and find peace, love, and long life.
RIP Kimm. You have inspired so many people.
Dear Kimm, Thank you for sharing your story and allowing me to be a part of your journey. You are a true inspiration to those around you. You carry so much love and courage, a person who shows that no matter what, you keep that fight going and don't give up. That fight will continue for a long time to come, I promise you. I am glad you had the opportunity to share more time with your beautiful family. Wishing you peace.
Dear Kimm, Your story has touched us all - it is your determination, grace and love for your family has inspired us all to help those (we don't even know) get just a little more time with loved ones and make more memories for your family.... wishing you peace and love.
Please accept my apologies for the typo in my last comment. It should have read; Kimm is an ANGEL amoung us... :)
Our dear Kimm is still with us and fighting so bravely. Although now in a wheelchair and partially paralyzed, her spirit and fight for others as well as herself has never faltered. God bless our Kimm, as she inspires us daily. She is truly a gift, and we all continue to be so blessed by her spirit and her courage. She is an angle amoung us.
We are continuing to pray for you. Great news that things are continuing to improve. I am sure you could use more monetary help and I hope people will continue to donate to your fight for life.
Hi Kimm, I will pray for you, I grew up with your aunt Nancy in Pierrefonds, we lived across the street and my brother Bob went to school with your dad, I also went to your parents wedding, I wish you all the best of luck and my prayers are with you. God Bless you xx
Kimm, I have been following your story and am so happy to read the latest update. Although my Gr 2 Oligoastrocytoma pales in comparison to your tumour I certainly know the emotional rollar coster you are in. Having to fight for treatment you should be able to get is just something you don't need right now, and I'm so happy people have been able to help you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I shared my story on the brain tumour foundation of Canada's website, if you want to read it I hope it offers you some more encouragement. Keep kicking cancer's butt! http://blog.braintumour.ca/stories/taras-story/
I will keep you in my prayers. Hope the news is all good. God bless you and your family. Linda
Hi, Kimm can u call my Mother, her name is Fania she has something important to share about the cancer. Please call @ 289 232 3204
Hi Kimm, I have been following your story on the news and I am so sorry that there are so many roadblocks from the government. As a Natural Medicine practitioner, I am suggesting that you not wait for the government to fund this drug for you as you have no time to waste. There are many natural healing products out there that can help you. One I would recommend is Nigella Sativa which is an oil. You may also want to look into the protocol through the Gerson Institute. There are also many good Naturopathic Physicians in the GTA who would love to work with you too. God bless you and keep fighting!
I know a wonderful lady who is also battling this disease and I know from watching her that fighters are born everyday, I want you to know that we will keep you in our prayers and hope this medicine not only helps prolong your stay here on earth but gives you precious moments to cherish with your family members.
A very good family friend is also on Avastin. Roche funded part of the cost of the drug for him. Have you asked for assistance from the drug company?