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In memory of teacher, friends and family form ‘Team Kim’ for race

For almost three years, former Halifax County Middle School science teacher Kim Bosiger fought a tough battle with breast cancer. 

On Oct. 10, she lost that battle. 

Her legacy is being kept alive as friends and family continue to fight breast cancer in her name. 

Some 52 of Bosiger’s family members and friends have come together to form “Team Kim” and plan to participate in the Annual Dirty Girl 5K run which will be held at Greenbrier Farms in Chesapeake on Saturday.

Denise Lowery Seamster, Bosiger’s friend of 30 years, serves as captain of the team.

“My personal goal is to make this event where a team of girls will get together and honor the memory of our dear friend, Kim. Doing this event is something Kim never would have done, but I know that she would have been on that sideline cheering us on laughing her beautiful laugh and doing what she did best, giving support and being there for the ones she loved and who loved her. Kim was the true meaning of a friend, and I hope this small thing that we’re doing shows how much she meant to each and every one of us on this team,” Seamster said.

Bosiger was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011 and had an operation in February before going through treatment. In January 2013 she found out the cancer had returned, and she died in October.

Seamster said she came up with the idea to form a team after receiving an email about the race a few days after Bosiger’s death.

“Something pulled at my heart that day to do something with the Dirty Girl event because of Kim,” Seamster said. “It was so fresh in everybody’s mind, and I just felt like it could turn into something huge.”  That day she messaged a few of her friends on Facebook, and they registered the team with 10 girls signing up the first day.

“At first it was just people who wanted to do something in support of Kim, and now it has morphed into 50 people,” Seamster said.

Team members include Tracey Lowery Rafferty, Gabby Bridgers, Mary Tysinger Yancey, Tiffany Reagan–Davis, Mitzi Riddle, Joanna Blackstock, Stacey Lowery, Melissa Mabe, Candice Evans, Lisa Arthur, Mary Marshall-Heckstall, Leigh Fuller Edwards, Jessica Whitlow, Kelly Weathford, Tammie Saunders, Suzane Shotwell, Angela Brankley, Cathy Doss, Nancy Long, Tamara Neal, Patricia Chappell, Michelle Gravitt, Caren Dejarnette, Lacey Shotwell and Katrina Talbott.

Dirty Girl is a for-profit company passionate about promoting not only Bright Pink’s efforts, but also supporting cancer victims and survivors.  

At each Dirty Girl event, up to 300 complimentary registrations are available to cancer survivors. 

The Bright Pink Foundation is Dirty Girl’s official charity, and together they’re focusing on empowering women to lead healthier, happier lives.  

Bright Pink’s mission is simple: encouraging and educating women to understand the signs, symptoms and risk factors of breast and ovarian cancer.

To this end, Dirty Girl is honored to have donated over $475,000 to date to support breast cancer prevention and awareness. 

For 2014, Dirty Girl has a goal of donating more than any previous year to support Bright Pink’s efforts. 

In 2011, Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run and Obstacle Course made its debut in three cities: Milwaukee, Denver and Buffalo. Now, Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run and Obstacle course brings its muddy merriment to 25 cities.

 “You can do it at your own pace because it’s not a timed race. It’s really just meant to have fun and laugh and cut up. It’s going to be a lot of fun I think,” Seamster said. 

“This is something that Kim would have never done herself because she didn’t like to get dirty. Even her sister and her sister’s friends are going, so it’s a big tribute to her. I just feel she would laugh her head off if she were here to see us out there doing some of these things.” 

Seamster said the race has motivated the women to do something healthier and to get into shape.

“I talked to a lot of them who said, ‘I thought I would have never done anything like this before until we got involved with the Dirty Girl event.’ Now they’re out walking and weightlifting just to get into shape.”

In addition to the race, the team has started a fundraiser to raise money for the Kim Bosiger Innovative Thinking Scholarship.

The team is selling T-shirts that say  “Team Kim” on the front and the phrase “Kim’istry” on the back.  

For more information on how to support the fight against breast cancer through the Dirty Girl event, contact Seamster at 919-426-8457.