LAUGH, THINK AND CRY: THE LEGACY OF JIMMY V’S LAST SPEECH
THE 2013 CANCER CULTURE AND COMMUNITY COLLOQUIUM
November 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Fowler Hall, Stewart Center, Purdue University
- Nick Valvano, former CEO of the V Foundation
- Terry Kix, Purdue Women’s Basketball director of operations and cancer survivor
- A special video appearance from legendary sportscaster Dick Vitale
- Performance of “Coach” by Andrew Brightman
TERRY KIX: CANCER SURVIVOR, DIFFERENCE MAKER
By Julia Bruemmer
As the leaves fall and temperatures drop, fans are beginning to pack the bleachers, giving life to Mackey Arena once again. But for Terry Kix, director of operations for Purdue Women’s Basketball and a volunteer with Purdue’s Cancer Culture Community program, the tipoff of basketball season marks another milestone as well: the one-year anniversary of when she was diagnosed with stage 3 stomach cancer.
“The diagnosis was a shock,” says Kix, who had run a half marathon three weeks before. Not only was she in great shape, but she also wasn’t a typical age — stomach cancer usually doesn’t present until around age 60. Still, Kix says, “I knew who the opponent was, and prepared a game plan to beat it.”
A partnership between the Purdue University Oncological Sciences Center and the College of Liberal Arts, Cancer Culture and Community explores the human response to cancer as expressed through the arts and literature.
Our program was inspired by a powerful exhibition hosted by the Lafayette Art Museum of paintings by the late Hollis Sigler, who had chronicled her battle with breast cancer. Lectures surrounding her exhibit demonstrated the powerful influence art and literature had on the experience of cancer, and in 2007, a group of faculty and staff members at Purdue created Cancer Culture and Community to continue this legacy.
Since then, we have hosted an annual colloquium featuring films, gallery exhibitions, poetry readings and lectures by nationally renowned authors, poets, filmmakers and other creative professionals. We also have invited the Greater Lafayette community to share their cancer experiences through poetry, essays and art and by participating in bone marrow registries.