Kimberly Hicks knows firsthand what it's like to be a teen and young adult cancer survivor – three times over. She was first diagnosed at age 15 with Ewing's sarcoma. Four years later, doctors discovered cancer in her lung. Three years after that, she was diagnosed with an entirely different form of cancer – renal cell carcinoma. Today, Hicks is cancer-free and a UC Davis graduate with a bachelor's degree in human development and psychology.
As a member of the UC Davis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board, Hicks participates in a variety of programs and events designed to boost awareness and increase support for teens and young adults with cancer.
The board was formed to bring issues of teen and young adult survivors of cancer to the forefront of research and support services. For instance, at the most recent National Cancer Survivor's Day on June 1, board members displayed creative collages about their cancer experiences. They are currently overseeing a new Healing and Performing Arts Program for children with cancer. And they are evaluating computer software that can help with problem-solving and coping skills.
With her positive attitude, Hicks will no doubt be an inspiration to adolescent patients. As she says, "Because I've had cancer, I'm pretty confident. I mean, what else can you throw at me?"