Anyone can develop cancer. Half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person's lifestyle, for example, by quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, and eating a better diet. The sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years.
As an oncology nurse, Kim Rogers, RN, BSN, OCN, sees the faces of cancer each day and knows firsthand how it affects the people of the Tyler community. It is through her work as clinical manager at Tyler Hematology Oncology, P.A, that inspires Mrs. Rogers volunteer commitment with the American Cancer Society (ACS).
This year, Mrs. Rogers is serving as chair for the ACS 2011 Relay for Life, a life-changing event that brings hope and healing to those fighting cancer, a celebration to those who are cancer survivors, and remembrance for those who have lost loved ones. Teams will gather at Robert E. Lee High School, April 8-9, where the Relay will begin with the Survivors Lap. This is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and celebrate victories they have achieved over cancer. This event will raise much-needed funds and awareness to help save lives.
“I believe God has given me the gift of service,” Mrs. Rogers said. “If I can touch one person through volunteering, then I believe success has been achieved.”
Mrs. Rogers is a member of the Tyler board of directors for the American Cancer Society and is a past team captain for Relay For Life. For the past two years, Mrs. Rogers has served on the Turn Tyler Pink committee to help raise awareness for women’s cancers. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.
A native of Tyler, Mrs. Rogers graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She and her husband, Zack, are the parents of son Ashton, 8, and daughter Madelyn, 5. The Rogers family attends Grace Community Church.
“Tyler is home to me. I love being connected to the community and meeting new people through volunteering. I enjoy seeing the difference that just one person can make in the lives of others by giving of their talents and their time,” Mrs. Rogers said.