Tribute to a wonderful woman: Kim Rossall
- Published on Friday, 17 August 2012 14:00
It was with great sadness that we learnt about the passing of Kim Rossall this morning.
Kim was a beautiful young woman with a fantastic personality and a smile that could light up a room! Despite her prognosis, Kim embraced life and everything it could offer her. During the last twelve months, she worked through an exhilarating bucket list that took her travelling abroad and running as an Ambassador for Race For Life and Cancer Research UK. Kim worked tirelessly to raise awareness of cancer and bravely spearheaded a Dying Matters campaign that encourages people to talk more about their dying wishes, demonstrating how much she thought about others facing a similar journey to her own.
Kim was, of course, a wonderful Ambassador of MNINC. She wholeheartedly embraced the philosophy and ethos of My Name Is NOT Cancer as she refused to let her diagnosis of Ewings Sarcoma define her or overpower her sense of self. To her delight, her dad Phil also contributed to MNINC with his frequent 'Rossall Ramblings' that have been enjoyed by so many.
If Kim’s legacy can teach us anything, it is to realise that amazing things can be achieved despite adversity. Kim regularly shared her insights to cancer on our blog. These extracts demonstrate Kim: her strength, perseverance and determination for life:
Please try and believe in yourself, and have faith in what you do and the choices you make! When diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to continue to believe that you can achieve the things you set out to accomplish! This is your journey and is unique to you; so don’t judge your journey with someone else’s!
'Keep Fighting & Never Give Up'
Even though life sometimes knocks you down, make every attempt to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get back in the ring! Never give up without a fight... and always fight for what you believe in (you!! yourself!!)
'Believe that every event in life is an opportunity to choose love over fear!'
If things don’t go quite as planned, from that moment on, make sure everything you choose in life is something you want to do, something your heart tells you to do, something you do which helps overcome fear (do what works for you!!)
Kim was a dedicated friend to Megan, whom she met at the YOU at the Christie Hospital. The firm friends supported each other through their own journeys and Kim subsequently became close to the entire Fletcher family.
We will remember Kim smiling her beautiful smile, facing life courageously and living it to the full. Kim is finally at peace and away from her pain, but we truly understand the enormity of the loss that is now being felt by the Rossall family.
We`re sure you will all join us in sending our love and support to Elaine, Phil and Cassie. You are all in our thoughts.
Fiona, MNINC Admin and everyone on My Name Is NOT Cancer xx