We are reaching out for support for Kim Taylor and her family for the duration of her fight, and those who know her, know how hard she will fight! Recently diagnosed with rare Stage Three Duodenal cancer, with only experimental treatments available, it is vital that Kim be able to focus on her health and treatments with her husband Avi by her side, and not have the additional financial worry of taking care of her family. In June of this year, due to numerous appointments and worries for Kim, and being late or missing work while with her, Avi was laid off from his full time position. Until recently, Kim has been self-employed, and now, due to her diagnosis and treatments, she is unable to work and therefore they do not have a current income or benefits. Kim needs Avi by her side, and not distracted by the pressure to find work to support the family. With three teenagers living at home, it is our plan to raise funds that will not only help Kim’s family with transportation and parking costs for her multitude of appointments and treatments, but also for household finances and everyday expenses at home. Let’s embrace Kim with our love and support, and allow her to face this challenging event without the added worry of caring for her family.
I know many of you may not know who Kim is, but I think it is important you know she is a very important member of our community and an integral part of our city. Kim was one of the first volunteers for Calgary’s NICU Family Care program, and her initial donation was the first of its kind, allowing for the program to grow and support more and more families. Kim is always the first to volunteer her time, donate dollars and contribute to fundraising events including those for Made By Momma, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Kinette Club of Calgary, and undoubtedly many others. Kim is also a huge supporter of fellow small business owners, supporting small, shopping local, and contributing to others’ success. She is a person that will give all she has and everything she can to help anyone in need. Now, Kim needs us. It is our turn to step up, and return the love and support she has always given to those in our community, and the city she loves.
Kim has a love for everyone and all things. She is a dog lover. She has a passion for the outdoors, and her gardens. She is crafty and always has a project (or several) on the go. She has a zest for life that exhausts many of us, and she
will never give up.
A little about Kim’s story….
In May, 2017 Kim was admitted into the hospital to have her gall bladder removed due to chronic and severe abdominal pain. After a seemingly uncomplicated surgery, she was released and sent home to recover. Unfortunately, Kim continued to experience increasing pain, and it was time to be readmitted to hospital to investigate the source. After numerous tests and reassurances, they eventually discovered a “humongous ulcer that had grown instead of shrunk, and was then blocking her stomach.” Kim and her family was quickly reassured that it was a minor issue and not to worry, Unfortunately, after receiving t
he biopsy results they realized the ulcer was a tumour, it was very rare “Duodenal” cancer.
It was presumed the tumour was small and contained, hopefully not encroaching on her pancreas, and would be easily removed. In June, 2017 Kim went in for a “Whipple” procedure, a complicated surgery for her rare diagnosis. At that point they
had high hopes of “cutting-out” the cancer. During the surgery, they discovered the cancer was impacting her pancreas, and had quite dangerously wrapped itself around the major artery supplying the liver. The doctor informed them that had they attempted to remove it, there was a very high chance Kim would die on the table. So in his experience he had advised that Kim may want to try Chemo and if that shrinks the cancer he and his team will have a better chance of go
ing in and removing it.
On July 17th Kim met with her oncologist, who confirmed she had Stage 3 localized Duodenal cancer. It is a rare cancer, without a history of effective treatment options. If Kim doesn’t fight, she will only have a couple of months to live. The only option remaining, is to attempt an experimental form of chemo, one that is unproven for Duodenal cancer, as it is quite rare. The hope is that it will shrink the canc
er enough to be able to safely remove the tumour. Kim's treatments will begin on Monday, July 24th. Kim will fight with everything in her being to be able to spend additional years with her family, and plan for the future.
Thank you for hearing our plea. Thank you for your outpouring of love and support for Kim, Avi, Keenan, Morena, Jaden and Aaliyah. And thank you for donating any amount you can, to support this beautiful family as they face the future together.
Carrie-Lynn and Cameo
- Amanda Herd
Organizer and beneficiary
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