Coach Kim’s Cancer Battle

AUBURN, ALABAMA | Kim Evans has the perfect Halloween outfit. “I’m bald as I can be so I look just like Walter White from Breaking Bad,” the Auburn women’s golf coach told me with a hearty and slightly mischievous laugh. “I’ve just got to find a little (fake) beard, a hat and a yellow apron and it’ll be perfect.” Chipper and full of life, Coach Kim – as she is known throughout college golf – shares more than a bald head and sisterly resemblance to the fictional character from television’s most acclaimed drama. Both also underwent five months of chemotherapy, although Kim couldn’t turn hers off when the cameras stopped rolling. Most of the poison she had to absorb was administered through surgically implanted ports in her abdomen and chest. “You really don’t know what’s going to hit you when you hear the word cancer,” she said. “You think you’re prepared and you believe that you’re ready to fight the good fight, but you really don’t know until you’re in the moment.”
That moment for Evans came just after last season’s SEC Women’s Golf Championship when she went to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center for what she thought would be routine tests. “The whole year, I hadn’t felt right,” she said. “I didn’t feel bad, but I didn’t feel good. I threw it off as stress from trying to get the team cranked up. Then I went to the doctor and they discovered a mass.”


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