The Kim Sibbach Story

Family of ECU Alumna, who died from breast cancer, to talk about cancer and early detection
GREENVILLE (10/4/2012) – East Carolina University will host a special event as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month on Monday, Oct. 15 from 8-9pm in Hendrix Theatre.  The parents of ECU alum Kim Sibbach, Vicki and Darryl Nester, will be speaking to ECU students, faculty and staff about cancer awareness, the importance of early detection and facing the fears of living with cancer.

On August 20, 2008, Kim Sibbach was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer while she was attending East Carolina University.  Due to chemotherapy, a mastectomy and other treatments to combat the cancer, Kim had to take a hiatus from school.  She returned to ECU to complete her degree in 2010.

By December 2010, the cancer had spread to Kim’s sternum, shoulders, ribs, hips and spine.  In April 2011, Kim Sibbach died.

The Nesters will share their experiences throughout this difficult time from learning about Kim’s diagnosis to her constant fight for a cure.  From the week after she was diagnosed until December 2010, Kim shared what life with cancer was like in a blog called “I didn’t like the left one anyway.”

They hope that sharing Kim’s story with other college students at ECU will encourage them to get regular breast exams to help with early detection, to recognize the signs from their own bodies and realize they are not alone in their fight.

This event is a Wellness Passport Event and is co-sponsored by ECU Campus Dining Services, Student Health Services and the Student Activities Board.