• 20_Kim-HeardAge: 58
  • Profession: Cosmetologist (Semi-Retired)
  • Number of Years as a Survivor: 20 years
  • Relationship to Susan G. Komen: Board Member, Governance Chair, Worship in Pink Chair, Race Committee member, volunteer

My name is Kim and I’m a breast cancer survivor. Being a survivor means I am incredibly blessed to be alive and so very grateful! I’ll celebrate my 59th birthday as well as my 20th year as a breast cancer survivor at the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure on October 17, 2015 (my birthday).

My breast cancer diagnosis was the most impactful “AHA” moment of my life. Being a survivor strengthened my faith in God, revealed God’s purpose for my life (improving the lives of breast cancer survivors and a world without breast cancer), taught me to relinquish that which I cannot control, taught me to live in the moment, and humble gratitude for my innumerable blessings. God as well as my loving and supportive family have kept me going throughout my breast cancer journey and I am forever grateful.

Shortly after my diagnosis, I became a co-facilitator of a breast cancer support group and was introduced to Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. I immediately became a volunteer and was able to more effectively reach my goal of educating women about breast cancer and becoming a breast cancer advocate. After many years serving Komen and the community in this capacity, I was asked to join the Board of Directors. In the six years since, I have been the Chair of the Governance, Volunteer and Worship in Pink Committees. I also play an active role on the Race Committee, assisting with the Survivor Tent.

There are often residual side effects from treatment. I have chosen not to focus on these side effects, but to enjoy every moment of my life in spite of them and give back to this cause as much as possible. I refused to give up believing and trusting that God would heal me, and allow me to experience an amazing life and a chance to dote on my two “cupcakes” – my granddaughters.

If I could choose one positive/uplifting word to describe my breast cancer journey, it is FAITH!