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.”