KIM'S CONQUER CANCER CAMPAIGN

$104,053 of $125,000 goal

Raised by 313 people in 11 months
Our beloved 8th grade teacher at The Nativity School,

Kim Dixon, needs our help. This beautiful soul, this wonderful woman who is one of the most loving, genuine, kind-hearted, and Godly women you will ever meet, is facing some tough times. Three weeks ago, Kim went to the doctor for a small "knot" she felt in her abdominal area. At first her doctor thought it was a simple hernia, but tests would reveal it was actually ovarian cancer. She immediately underwent an appendectomy as they thought it had spread there, but thankfully, it had not. In addition, to the ovaries, there is growth above her belly button that needs treatment. In mid-March she will have a hysterectomy which requires 6-8 weeks for recovery. Once she is feeling "healthy" and strong enough for further medical treatment, she will begin chemotherapy which will take about 5 months to complete. 

Kim Dixon has been a devoted educator at The Nativity School for 17 years, and has been an amazing gift to our 8th grade students for the past 12 years. Kim loves English, literature, and history, and her passion for these subjects brings them to life for her students. Her loving example, commitment to Christ, and genuine compassion for others, make her a role model for her students as they prepare to launch into high school. Kim has an amazing way of making each of her students feel deeply and dearly loved and valued. She takes great pride in being a part of our Nativity School family and has embraced each student who has passed through her door as if they were her own family. I've been lucky enough to see the love she has for her students sparkle in her eyes many times over the years and it has brought tears to my own. Her heart is with Nativity and now our hearts need to be there for this sweet angel. 

As you can imagine, the medical expenses Kim is facing are mounting. She is a single mother who lives very frugally on a teacher's salary. In addition to her own medical challenges, her son is on kidney dialysis three times a week and requires much care himself. Kim is stretched beyond her means, and being out of work for several months, or longer, is going to be a huge burden for her. We don't know what the future will hold, but we can do our best to join together and support our beloved friend.

I am asking you to please prayerfully consider lending your financial support to our Mrs. Dixon through this campaign. Please spread the word to your friends at other Catholic schools and high schools as well, as this is a time to come together as a Catholic community and help raise Kim up in her time of need.  I invite you to join our efforts  by making a contribution of any size- nothing is too small or big - and help to ease Kim's burden so she can focus on her real battle, beating cancer!

If you have questions regarding this campaign, or have other fundraising ideas, please feel free to contact me. If you would like to make a donation by mail, please send your check, made payable to Kim Dixon to: Kim Dixon Fund c/o The Nativity School, PO Box 9180, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Thank you in advance for your support. May God bless all of you and keep our Mrs. Dixon close in the months ahead!
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Friends - Our dear Kim is still deeply engaged in her cancer battle and needs our help. As you know, she was not able to return to teaching with small setbacks along the way that have elongated her treatment plan. I can tell she is weary of the war and financial worries are weighing her down. Let’s try to lighten her load and lift her spirits with another round of fundraising! As you can imagine, it’s not cheap living here in San Diego with very limited income from disability. Her medical bills have taken a huge bite out of the funds we originally raised last year. If you are in a position to donate again, I humbly ask you to do so and help our sweet friend Kim through this difficult time. There is light at the end of the tunnel and we can help move her in that direction! Thank you for generosity and big hearts and below is an update from Kim!
LETTER FROM KIM:
Dear All,
Carrie asked me to do a quick update for you regarding my progress. Though these last few months have brought brutal chemo treatments, I'm so grateful to report that my final one is this Friday. It has been a long, grueling road with a few setbacks, but I'm looking forward to better days. On February 20th I will have a CT scan followed by a visit to my oncologist on the 23rd to review the results. I humbly ask for your continued prayers in my behalf, specifically, that the disease is completely eradicated. Another surgery will follow in May or June to reconnect the Ostomy that was created in my March 2017 surgery.
I express my deepest appreciation for your support and prayers, for your many acts of kindness and generosity.

Most gratefully, Kim
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Friends - Our dear Kim is still deep in the thick of her battle with cancer. She has suffered many unexpected setbacks which have pushed her treatment plan and return to work way back. Kim has been a faithful servant at The Nativity School for many years, and as such has made a sacrifice in benefits compared to those afforded her public school counterparts in a similar situation. I hope you will consider making another donation to help pay for Kim’s medical and daily living expenses so she can keep her energy focused on winning her battle against cancer. Anything you can do will help our wonderful friend In her fight for life! As always, love and peace to anyone who can help Kim!

BELOW IS A LETTER FROM KIM!

Dear Ones,

I've recently finished reading "Braving the Wilderness" by Brene lBrown. In her book she explores such topics as vulnerability, belonging, standing alone, and interconnectedness. I found myself weeping at every reading because I saw myself in her descriptions. During my illness I have felt incredibly vulnerable and lonely in that wilderness of not knowing and fear. But what I have also discovered is that I really am not alone at all even in the midst of the most frightening gauntlet of my life.

Brene Brown defines empathy as the following: “Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’” As I've journeyed down this most recent path that has challenged everything I thought I knew about myself, I've discovered tangible evidence of empathy in those who simply hold a place for me in their hearts; who sit with me and listen; who simply show up with a loving text or card or meal. I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of human compassion and empathy I've received from angels seen and unseen. And always the message is, You are not alone!

I will never pretend to understand how prayer works. But I am touched to the core knowing that my name is on the lips of my family, friends, and even perfect strangers who have somehow heard of me who are offering prayers in my behalf. “I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort,’ but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.’” – Brené Brown
I don't know how it works, but I have felt you sitting with me in this dark place and miracles have occurred. Where there was no hope, a light at the end of the tunnel has appeared for me. Since starting chemotherapy, I feel I am on a strong path that gives me courage. An awareness that I am connected to many who care about me has caused me to be brave.

I am so very grateful for the expert doctors and nurses who lovingly attend me. I am grateful for my dear health advocate whom I did not know before my diagnosis but who gives of her time and expertise to advocate for my medical and financial needs. I cry when I speak of her. I've never known such unconditional service in my behalf. She says, "Isn't this why we're here?" She is teaching me lessons with every sweet encounter. I am so grateful for this fund. It has become my lifeline. I am grateful for dear friends who reach out with phone calls, texts, and delicious meals for my family. I am grateful for simple words of encouragement sent late at night or in the early hours of the morning. I am grateful for new friends I've met at the infusion center who share my illness and who smile their beautiful smiles or cry their heartfelt tears and remind me I am not alone.

I am halfway through my treatments and though there are hurdles to overcome, I do keep a happy vision of completing my chemotherapy in January and returning to my former state of health. With your prayers and such generous donations, the way is being made clear.

With more gratitude than I have words to express,

Kim
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Happy Labor Day Friends! Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how our dear Kim is doing! I'm happy to say she has personally composed the update below and has sent a wonderful picture of her with her family! I am so excited to hear Kim's finally starting chemo and I'm praying like crazy things turn around for her. Obviously, her journey through cancer is going to take longer than originally expected and she will not be back in the classroom this fall. If you are still wondering how you can help Kim, I would like to ask you to consider making a donation to this fund so Kim can stay focused on getting better and not worrying about mounting medical and personal bills!


KIM"S PERSONAL UPDATE:

Dearest Friends, Family and Kind Participants,

First and foremost, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your faith, prayers and generous donations made in my behalf on this site. I am so grateful for the love and support I have felt from people who are near and dear to me and those I may never have met. I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of compassion and desire to help.

It must also be said that this fund would never have come to pass without the impassioned urging of my dear friend, Carrie Wilhite, who is an incredibly busy, involved mom of three gifted children. All three have been stellar students of mine, and I am grateful to know each one. Thank you, Carrie, for this tremendous gift of your love.

Since my diagnosis and subsequent surgeries, there have been countless setbacks and health complications. Our goal was to start chemotherapy in May, but it wasn't until just three weeks ago that my oncologist finally felt it was time to begin treatments though we are "dodging land mines." The infusions will happen every Friday for three weeks with one week off to recuperate. Then the process begins again times six. I will be finished in January if all goes as planned. My beloved 7th and 8th graders are in the hands of an excellent team teacher who will be with the students until I can return in January or February. In the meantime, I am working for short periods of time from home to support my team teacher. I am hopeful that I will feel well enough to attend faculty meetings in order to interface with my colleagues who lift and strengthen me with their love.

My heart is full of such gratitude for all of you whether you are known or unknown to me. I am sincerely touched by the sense of common humanity that binds us together in happy and dark times. There are no words to express my gratitude for your contribution to my wellbeing. With such love as this, I cannot fail.

With immense faith and love,

Kim
Kim with her sisters and sisters-in-law!
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Mrs. Dixon's 8th Grade students are sending love from Washington, DC! We are so excited to have passed the $80k fundraising mark and are getting close to our goal! Please help us to keep spreading the word by sharing Kim's campaign with friends and family! This is our final push -let's do it!
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Connie Maxfield Dixon
23 days ago

You are remembered in our prayers daily Kim and I put your name on the temple prayer rolls every week! Much love and lots of hugs

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Karen Bybee
28 days ago

Kim, Thinking of you and rooting for you in every way possible! You are such an inspiration of grace and courage and faith and teach us all through your words and example. Please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you big warm hugs. xox

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Sherrie Wall
2 months ago

Kim, you are always in our hearts and prayers. We are rooting for you, and would love to help in any way. We love you! It's so good to hear from you.

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Stephanie Kourie
5 months ago

The Parents in Prayer & Samaritan groups at Nativity are sending constant prayers your way darling. Looking forward to your return to full health, strength and vigor soon, and seeing you back on campus in January

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Tory Thornton Hill
5 months ago

SO relieved to hear from you, Kim. The kids love you so much and they talk about you all the time. Keep up the great work and attitude!!!!!

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Darcy Spencer Ure
11 months ago

Kim, all the Spencers love you so much and we are praying for you and sending you strength and courage. You are so amazing and admired and loved

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$104,053 of $125,000 goal

Raised by 313 people in 11 months
Created March 1, 2017
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Julia Frazier
21 days ago

Growing up I wanted to be just like you. Thank you for your example of grace and true inner beauty. You will be in my prayers.

CM
$300
Cami Mattson
22 days ago

Kim, you are strong and beautiful. I'm inspired and amazed at your fortitude. I love you and pray for you. You have an army of friends and family with you at all times!

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Chris & Mary Clifford
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Connie Maxfield Dixon
23 days ago

You are remembered in our prayers daily Kim and I put your name on the temple prayer rolls every week! Much love and lots of hugs

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Karen Bybee
28 days ago

Kim, Thinking of you and rooting for you in every way possible! You are such an inspiration of grace and courage and faith and teach us all through your words and example. Please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you big warm hugs. xox

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Sherrie Wall
2 months ago

Kim, you are always in our hearts and prayers. We are rooting for you, and would love to help in any way. We love you! It's so good to hear from you.

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Stephanie Kourie
5 months ago

The Parents in Prayer & Samaritan groups at Nativity are sending constant prayers your way darling. Looking forward to your return to full health, strength and vigor soon, and seeing you back on campus in January

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Tory Thornton Hill
5 months ago

SO relieved to hear from you, Kim. The kids love you so much and they talk about you all the time. Keep up the great work and attitude!!!!!

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Darcy Spencer Ure
11 months ago

Kim, all the Spencers love you so much and we are praying for you and sending you strength and courage. You are so amazing and admired and loved

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