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Relay for Life is this Friday

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

2012 Victoria County Relay For Life Honorees

In Honor Of:

Beverly Cuthbertson - Ovarian cancer

Gordon DeLoach - Prostate, colon, skin cancer

Doris Hughes - Breast cancer

Tim Kimball - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Bill Navratil - Colon, liver and lung cancer.

Linda Patterson - Endometrial cancer

In Memory Of:

Gilbert Trillius - Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

Dorothy Trowbridge - Colon cancer

Event schedule

WHAT: Victoria County Relay for LifeWHERE: Coleto Creek Reservoir and Park, 365 Coleto Park Road Schedule3 p.m. - Gates open6 p.m. - Opening ceremonies 6:45 p.m. - Survivor lap8:30 p.m. - Luminaria ceremony 9 p.m. - Live music with Justin Cole Weaver followed by Touch of Gold and Forgotten.5:45 a.m. Saturday - Closing ceremonies

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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