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UW-L student, recipient of Extraordinary Degree, passes away at 24


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)-- An update on a story News 19 brought you last May: Kimberly Graham, the 2013 recipient of an Extraordinary Degree from the UW-L, passed away Monday after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. She was 24.

Kimberly was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a childhood cancer, her senior year of high school. She took online courses during her treatments and was eventually able to attend UW-L. Kimberly’s cancer returned twice during college and in May of 2013, doctors told Kimberly her cancer was terminal. She received her degree from the UW-L in Radiation Therapy a week after the news.

Despite the prognosis, Kimberly battled on. She endured more surgery and more treatments, and became an advocate for those fighting childhood cancers. Kimberly, known to her army of supporters as Kim Possible, taught others the value of education and the importance of living each day with love and compassion.

In one Facebook update about Kimberly’s condition, her mom, Dawn, wrote, “I know success is measured in victories, but sometimes as in Kim's case, it should be measured in how hard you tried. No one has tried harder than she has.”

Kimberly didn’t lose her battle with cancer. For six years, she fought with strength, grace and determination, touching more lives on the way than she’ll ever know. Her fight now continues through her family, friends, doctors and even complete strangers, and when the day comes that a cure is found, that will be Kimberly’s victory.

Kimberly is survived by her parents, Dawn and Gary, her younger sister, Jennifer and her younger brother, Andrew.

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