Kim Johnson of San Antonio joined MD Anderson’s Advance Team in 2009. She co-founded the Teal Lunch for Life in 2008 to raise money for the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at MD Anderson. Kim and her husband, Clyde Johnson IV, with his parents Paula and Clyde Johnson III, are co-chairs of the inaugural A Conversation With a Living Legend® in San Antonio, Oct. 29, honoring former President of Mexico Vicente Fox.
In February of 2007, my life changed forever when I called my mother to hear how a doctor appointment went. I still remember her words: “Not good, Kim. I have cancer.” It was stage 3C ovarian cancer. My world crumbled. This was my mother, my best friend. I felt helpless. Gradually, I learned more about this horrible disease. More than 20,000 women are diagnosed each year, 75 percent of them in the later stages. The mortality rate is 75 percent. The more I learned, the more I wanted to do something. I dedicated myself to raising money to fight cancer. In the process, I’ve become aware of how much MD Anderson is doing to help in that fight. It’s a place of passion to fight and hope to succeed. It’s easy to understand that because of its research, treatments and patient care, the institution has been rated the number one cancer hospital in the nation. I’m honored and thankful to be associated with MD Anderson.