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One way we can push back against consuming chaos is to be there for those close to us who are in the midst of pain and loss. In today’s episode, Kimberly Alexander shares how the presence of her family and friends following her husband’s death was crucial for helping her remain unmoved in the face of devastating loss. Now, Kimberly spends much of her time rallying for others though her cancer awareness advocacy work. Her example shows us that we can use our past trials to comfort others who may be going through similar circumstances. Let’s be women who come together for our friends, families and communities when chaos and loss hits.
Kimberly Alexander is a speaker, cancer advocate, radio show co-host, experience coordinator and author. After losing her husband, NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander to complications due to multiple myeloma in 2010, she decided to dedicate her time to raising awareness about the disease, fundraise for cancer research and serve as a resource for cancer patients and their caregivers. Alexander was featured on Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw discussing her life as a cancer caregiver as Brokaw shared his experience with myeloma. She narrated the award-winning health video “Multiple Myeloma in the African American Community”, hosted the Cancer Patient Survival Dinner during the American Society of Hematology convention and has served as a guest panelist for both the Society of Oncology Social Workers, and the Lone Star Blood Cancer Conference. She recently sat on a panel during the National Black Caucus of State Legislators discussing the importance of diversity in clinical trials and in 2014 penned, “Fairytales, Fate and Fortitude” in Dare to be A Difference Maker, a story that chronicles her family’s experience during her husband’s fight with cancer. With a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Alexander is certified in non-profit management and owns a boutique consulting firm called KimCONNECTS. She co-hosts The G.A.M.E. (Golf & More Experience) on 105.3 The Fan, in Dallas, Texas. As a member of the board of trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas, she serves as the Vice-Chair of Communications. In addition to that role, she is a founding board member of Off the Field, Player’s Wives Association, a non-profit comprised of active and retired NFL wives, where she coordinated projects with Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She also serves on the family advisory board of The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, which focuses on improving the health of football players after leaving the NFL.
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2 Corinthians 1:2-5 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."
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