Kim Atkins - Her Story
It started with a lump. During the last year of her college education, Kim discovered a lump in her left breast. Seeking medical attention, Kim went through several tests and mammograms. Then, Kim was sent for a biopsy. The biopsy results diagnosed Kim with Stage 4 breast cancer. She was only 23 years old.
Choosing to undergo a radical mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, Kim utilized modern medicine and a positive attitude. And she beat the odds, forcing her breast cancer into remission.
Kim Atkins - Wife & Mother
On December 7, 1990 Kim married her childhood sweetheart, Benny Atkins. While married, Kim continued her education and became a certified teacher. She began teaching 6th grade at Memorial Middle School, a local middle school in Conyers, GA, in 1997.
Wishing to grow their family, Kim consulted with her physicians and asked about having a child. She had been cancer free for five years. The doctors gave the go-ahead. On July 10, 1995, Kim gave birth to a healthy girl named Abbey.
Sadly, only two months later, Kim found another lump in her right breast. Again, the test results came back as Stage 4 breast cancer. As Kim and her family battled with breast cancer, they all carried about their daily lives as normal. Kim loved and cared for Abbey. And, Kim continued to teach. Kim even taught classes up until two weeks prior to her death on October 5, 1999.
Kim Atkins - Remembered
Kim will always be remembered. She will be remembered as a great mother, wife, daughter, cousin, aunt, teacher and friend.
The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation (KCAF) was formed in 2009 to remember an inspiring woman and breast cancer fighter. The Foundation was established in Conyers, Georgia to promote early detection and education about breast cancer prevention, treatment options, and recovery. Over the course of 13 years, the KCAF Board of Directors, under the leadership of Chairman Benny Atkins and Executive Director Brenda Edwards, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through events such as tennis tournaments, Walk with Angels, Bachelors and Bras, the Breast Party in Town, Turkey Breast Trot 5K, chili cook-offs, lunch and learns, painting parties, and more. Funds raised through these events, along with generous donations from sponsors also helped raise funds to fund numerous mammograms and breast procedures for uninsured and under-insured women in Rockdale and Newton counties. Local breast cancer survivors and fighters were also recognized as part of the Wall of Hope display in the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital and provided assistance at Kim’s Closet, a cancer boutique also located at the hospital. The KCAF also provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to Rockdale and Newton county high school seniors interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare industry in Kim’s memory.
The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation dissolved in the spring of 2022, but Kim’s memory lives on in the lives of countless women and men the Foundation has touched over the course of 13 years. Thank you to all of those who have joined in our fight to educate and promote early detection of breast cancer. We will keep fighting until breast cancer is no more.