acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor
in remission since: currently in remission
brave since birth
Kimie Metcalf has been challenged ever since birth. She is the surviving identical twin of a preterm pregnancy. She spent 65 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. She battled and survived a hole in her heart, a grade III brain bleed, multiple eye surgeries and has total body involvement Cerebral Palsy. Kimie was four years old and getting ready to mainstream into kindergarten when she went for a routine blood test. The lab tech noticed her white blood cells didn't look normal.
Kimie had no signs or symptoms of a child with leukemia - she wasn't pale, she had tons of energy, never complained of pain and didn't have a single bruise. Despite that, it turned out after further tests that she did have acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Within the first month of treatment, Kimie's cancer was in remission. She hasn't had any life-threatening illnesses or complications since.
Today, Kimie enjoys life to its fullest. She enjoys playing with her big brother, Reese, riding her quad, swimming and traveling. She also does public appearances for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and her own Team Kimie fundraising events. She's been on TV, on the radio, in the newspaper, and is in the 2012 childhood cancer foundations (CCF) calendar.hide full story