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Relay for Life is this Friday

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
April 25, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.


For the families and friends of six cancer survivors and two who lost their battle with the deadly disease, Friday's Victoria County Relay for Life will have special meaning.

Timbo Kimball is among those honorees.

"I'm no one real special," Kimball said from his hospital bed at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he underwent stem cell transplant surgery on April 11.

Kimball's wife of 32 years, Michele Kimball, said her husband hopes what he is going through can help others.

"He is involved in a couple of research protocols at the hospital. He wants to be able to help someone else," she said.

Kimball, who works in the oil field for Tripoint LLC, won't be able to take part in the Relay for Life in person, but hopes to be part of the event via Skype.

His daughters, Christin Kimball and Sarah Foster, both of Victoria, will walk laps for their father along with the rest of the First Baptist Church team.

"He's real special to us," said Michele Kimball. "He's our hero."

Kimball was first diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in November 2009. The leukemia led to a weakened immune system and the development of fungal pneumonia.

During chemotherapy, doctors discovered issues with abnormal chromosomes leading to the stem cell transplant surgery.

In their letter nominating Kimball as a Relay for Life honoree, his daughters wrote, "So you ask us why we relay? Our Daddy, Timbo Kimball, is the reason we relay."

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