Kim Badorrek Boger is an amazing mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. At age 30, she is gearing up for a tough battle. On Friday, September 16, 2022, about a month shy of her daughter, Hallie’s first birthday, Kim was diagnosed with very aggressive Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Kim, her husband Will, Hallie, and their families lives immediately turned upside down. Triple-Negative breast cancer is extremely aggressive in young women and exceptionally difficult to treat. Because of this, a plan was immediately put into motion for Kim’s treatment. This will consist of chemotherapy for approximately 5 months, followed by surgery (which is to be determined by further testing) and radiation. Testing is still ongoing to determine the staging of her cancer and whether it has spread. Before her diagnosis, Kim was a full-time bedside nurse at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, caring for children with all illnesses and diseases. Due to the intensity of her chemotherapy schedule and the subsequent immunosuppression it will cause, her oncologist has decided she should take a leave of absence. This leave will span the entire length of her chemo and the 6 week recovery period after surgery, approximately 8 months, and possibly longer, depending on her response. Because of Triple-Negative Cancer’s aggressive nature, her surgeon and oncologist have scheduled all of her pre-treatment procedures, thus she will not be able to work before her chemo. Along with the emotional stress of being diagnosed with cancer, the Boger family also faces a significant financial burden with Kim out of work.
Kim is an amazing mother to Hallie, a dearly loved wife, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, an Altoona Tracker, Mid-State Mustang, Altoona Mt. Lion, and Penn State Alumni. Will, her loving husband, is a Thomas Jefferson Middle School Special Education teacher and a Thomas Jefferson and Penn State Alumni.
Kim is tough as nails, determined to beat this cancer. While Kim's doctors are optimistic, they have been honest in advising Kim that the road to her cure is a long one. We know she will get there, but she and her family will need all the love and support they can get. Please consider donating to alleviate some of the financial stress this young family faces during this incredibly challenging time. In a time where almost everything feels uncertain, it would be a huge blessing for them to have one less worry.
Please also remember to keep Kim, Hallie, Will, her family, and her medical team in your daily thoughts and prayers. The Bogers and Badorreks thank you for all the encouragement, love, and support.