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Buddy Check: Mother of triplets battles back

10:46 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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Kim Lewis is no stranger to struggles. Getting pregnant was a challenge.  She was eventually blessed with triplets who now keep her in constant motion.

But nothing prepared her for life's biggest challenge up to this point. At 42 years old, Kim found a lump in her breast.  It was cancer. Now she's putting her all into fighting the disease.  It's meant taking a leave from work.

"So we went from two incomes with three kids to one income with three kids," said Lewis.

But her boss Mike Carroll  and colleagues at MK Technologies rallied around her.

"Several of our employees said 'I've got earned paid time off and I'd like to share some with Kim', said Carroll.

And if that wasn't enough, Kim's friend, Gena Hankins, who she met at SmartBank put even more wheels in motion.

She's helped organize a fundraiser funded by frozen yogurt.  Menchie's Frozen Yogurt is donating its catering proceeds this month to Kim and her family.

"It's not so much about Menchie's," said Manager Shayna Harris. "This is a community and there's someone in our community who needs help."

Kim says the help and support continues for her and her family in the form of meals and child care. She says it's evidence that something bad can bring about a lot of good.

"There are so many things that you hear about in the world that are bad and then you find out how many people in Knoxville are good."

You can do something good and enjoy some frozen yogurt at the same time.  On Sunday, August 12th Menchie's Frozen Yogurt will donate 10 percent of all its in-store sales to Kim's "Pink Fund".

Menchie's shops are located in Bearden, Turkey Creek and Alcoa.

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