USC Upstate News

Breast Cancer Patient Gets Shower of Support

12- 01- 2009

Originally published on GoUpstate.com
By
 Dudley Brown
Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 3:15 a.m. 

Kerry HillThree days after Kerry Hill underwent her first treatment of chemotherapy, she prepared to meet some of her sorority sisters, thinking they were gathering to celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in November.

Instead, she stepped into a party in her honor. Hill, 35, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, and her friends organized a shower to show their support.

"I didn't know how to say 'thank you' enough to them," Hill said.

Tierney Rimel and Kendra Sims planned the Nov. 7 shower, which was at Rimel's home in Duncan. Rimel said Hill unknowingly planted the seed for the event.

"It kind of came from the way Kerry let us know (she was diagnosed with cancer) in an e-mail," Rimel said. "At the end, she said, 'If you are out shopping, let me know if you see hats or scarves because I might lose my hair.' "

The group of University of South Carolina Upstate graduates began planning to give Hill hats, scarves, pajamas, books and DVDs that could keep her warm and entertained while at home or sitting in the doctor's office. Read the full story at GoUpstate.com...