Kim was diagnosed with AML Leukemia on July 22, 2009, just after she finished high school. She'd been feeling well, just showing a few bruises when she went to Primary Childrens Medical Center for a heart surgery to fix a relatively minor condition she's had since she was born. A blood test before the surgery showed that her blood had been completely taken over by the cancer. They admitted her that day and began treatment right away. She went through five long rounds of chemotherapy, doing relatively well, with the exception of one infection that led to a very scary stay in the Pediatric ICU. She spent almost all of that time in the hospital, with just a few breaks to go home. By the end of March 2010 she was allowed to go home for good- officially in remission! She was so excited to finally go to USU Fall semester, and got strait A's in all of her classes! Psychology, Humanities, Family Finance and ANATOMY. Not a week after finals, at a regular check up at PCMC, her blood tests showed that her cancer was back. And thus began round two- Kim's goal was to make it to a bone marrow transplant. We had found a donor, so all that was left was to get her in remission once more. After three rounds of chemotherapy, her body was no longer strong enough to keep fighting, no matter that her spirit was. She will always be with us. 7:48 pm, March 31, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

Kim passed away last night at 7:48 pm. She slipped into a coma while napping at eight o'clock that morning. It was caused by hemorrhaging in her brain brought on by the infection in her blood, and her weak physical state.

Kim was laughing and happy all of Wednesday, herself all through the night and that morning. She never felt pain, or any struggle. She was surrounded by loved ones all that day, and Dad, Mom, Mike and I were with her the whole time.

The funeral will probably be Monday, at our Family's Stake center. Nelson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. I will have more details later today.

This has been just as spiritual as it has been sad for our family. We can still feel Kim's love, and we can't begrudge Heavenly Father one of his very best angels.

For now, we just need your prayers. If any of you would like to help dad and mom out with the funeral costs, I know that would be greatly appreciated... we hadn't made any arrangements that way.

Thank you all so much, for all you have done for us. I'm so sorry, that it will be a while before you get to see Kim again, but just remember- she's still with us, and always will be. She'll always be there, encouraging all of us to be our best, and Keep Running, just as she always has.

I will write again tonight with more details.

Love Always,


  1. Hugs and kisses, tears and prayers, all our love!
    The Nolans!

  2. I know God loves your family so much. He will surround you with His angels. Our prayers are with you always!

  3. Kim was an inspiration to us of love, attitude, happiness, joy and a love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As she moves on to be with loved ones who have gone on before we will remember her dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you like never before. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be missed greatly, she truly is one of Heavenly Fathers best angels!
    Love you all. The de la Houssaye's

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  5. We loved Kim and will miss her greatly. She has touched our lives tremendously and we will remember her always. We are so grateful to have met Kim. Heavenly Father and our beloved Savior love you all so much. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. We love you Kim, and we love your sweet family. We're so honored that we got to know you during our own journey with cancer. Lillie and I will never forget the night that we went for a 'walk' around the ICS at Primary Children's and Kim and Julie were still up, so we stopped by for a visit. Kim was still wide awake at 1 AM and she was in her bed with her scriptures in her lap. She was so beautiful that night! He eyes were shining with life and love and I see her face every time I close my eyes. Julie, as one mother of a daughter with cancer to another, I understand your agony and pain. I'm so heartbroken for you I can't put it into words. Please know that I love you, I'm glad for our friendship. I pray that you will be blessed with comfort and strength.

    All my love,

    Heather Brown and Lillie too

  7. wo ai nimen! I am so sad. I can only imagine what it would be like. Iknow that no amount of words will make the hurt go away. Em, if you ever need a place to hide from the world, feel free to come on over. We'll miss those bright eyes and sweet smile!
    Kim and Robert Porter

  8. lots of love and prayers from us. The strength and unity of your family in such a trying time that we have been able to see through blogs is amazing. and truly such an example for us and how we want our family to be. Thank you for the blogs and for letting us all be a part of it even if it was just through reading and prayers. WE love you all. the other Nolan family. :)

  9. I came up to say goodbye to Kim last night. I walked into her room. I stood there for a few moments...and was able to feel the strong spirit that was in that room. You and your family had formed a circle of love around sweet Kim and the sight was so powerful. What a beautiful family you have. I know that you will help each other through this.
    What a legacy she has left! She was an amazing gift to everyone who met her, and she had the courage and tenacity that I someday hope to possess. I will miss her sweet smiling face. Love to you and your family.

  10. I'm so sorry for your loss! My heart is absolutely broken for your family. What a blow to us all - even those who only "knew" her through this blog and stories heard from other cancer moms - to lose such a strong, sweet fighter! We are praying for you all. Much love!

    Briana Hoffman

  11. Melissa GiddingsApril 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    To lose a sister is a very hard thing. The one thing to be grateful for is that we know where she is. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Take comfort in one another, and let the spirit be your comforter as well. Lean on your testimonies and remember that Heavenly Father has a plan and one day you will be together again. To us it will seem like a long time, to her it will be a blink of an eye. Love you guys,
    Melissa Giddings

  12. We are saddened to hear of your loss. Although we didn't know Kim well, we have the memories of a few camping trips to reflect back on. May Heavenly Father wap his arms around your family and you will know and feel of our Savior's love for you. Loves to your Family.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I lived in your Logan ward for a short time and I was Kim's miamaid leader and your mom's visiting teacher. Kim was such a cute girl. Full of fun, always making everyone smile. Know that your family is in my prayers.

    Sharla Benson

  14. I am very sorry for Kim's loss. We are all going to miss her and her amazing spirit very much. Kendra Williamson, Roz Newman and My Husband and I would really like to help with the funeral. We can't do a lot with cost but if there is anything like food or flower arrangements or any need for extra help please do not hesitate to let us know. Mike has our phone numbers. Please let us know what we can do to help.

    Loves to your whole family,
    Leslie Higley

  15. I am so sorry. Kim inspired me more than she will ever know! She was an absolute joy to take care of. I can't count the number of times I would walk into her room and she would be reading her scriptures. Through everything, she was so optimistic and happy. She embodies all that I strive to be each day. Julie, I hope you know how much we all love your sweet family! I will forever remember Kim as a beautiful happy daughter of God who taught me so much. We will be praying for you!

  16. Kims family and friends- I am so sorry for your loss. Kim is a wonderful person. She was always sweet to me. I will always be grateful for that. She has a sweet spirit it was fun to get to know her and I hope I can see her again oneday when my time on earth is over in heaven. I feel like I lost a friend too. I loved coming to bring her food. She always had a positive attitude. I will miss you Kim. Love Lauren from Room Service.