Mammograms save lives. As a Breast Surgical Oncologist, together with the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, we strive to ensure that every woman who needs a mammogram can have access to one. We work with the county health departments, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and charities to assist women who need mammograms. At KCBC we have partnered with the Rowden family to establish and fund the Kim Rowden Breast Cancer Memorial Fund in order to provide breast cancer screening and treatment for women without financial resources.
The Kim Rowden Breast Cancer Memorial Fund describes Kim Rowden thus:
The essence of life is not measured in quantity, but in quality. No truer words are spoken when Kim Rowden is remembered. Kim Rowden lived three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of twenty-five. She lived her life to the fullest and touched the hearts of so many people, young and old alike. She was a loving daughter, a warm-hearted and gifted young woman, and was engaged to be married.
At the age of six, she demonstrated a talent for crafts and had a superb ability for needlepoint. Kim was a pianist and a dancer. She also excelled in many sports including basketball and golf. Kim was a computer analyst for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, and held a degree in Mathematics and Business Administration.
And yet, of her many talents, the greatest of all was her ability to inspire everyone she met, including the medical team that fought to save her life. Kim’s memory lives on in the lives of the people she helps save. Through medical research, her breast cancer played a vital role in the detection of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, the only breast cancer genes as of yet identified. Kim’s deep faith gave hope to all she encountered through her special embrace of life.
So, on a beautiful September day in East Tennessee, I did my small part – by playing golf. The annual Kim Rowden Golf Tournament is the major fund raising event for this fund and it was a privilege to close the office for a day and join my wife, my colleagues and the Rowden family for a day of fellowship. We raised thousands of dollars to provide access to life saving mammograms.
If you would like to donate money to the Kim Rowden Breast Cancer Memorial Fund, please visit the gift giving page.