Inspiring Stuff

by The Red Recruiter on April 5, 2010

Kimberly Tessa and Veronica Ludwig“True friendship isn’t about being there when it’s convenient; it’s about being there when it’s not.” – Unknown

Veronica Ludwig is one of my dearest friends.  You know, one of those friends you can count on one hand.  If you haven’t met or interacted with her online, I encourage you to do so.  In Veronica, you will find nothing less than in-your-face openness and honesty.  Further, she has one of the biggest hearts around and it’s evidenced by her actions.

It came to my attention that Veronica is trying to help a friend in need – a friend who has fought a severe battle with breast cancer and needs a hand.

Kimberly Tessa’s Story

What follows is a brief overview of the situation with Kimberly.

“At age 33 Kimberly Tessa’s life was put on “hold” for an aggressive form of breast cancer. As a Stage 3 the fight would consist of a mastectomy of her left breast, chemotherapy, radiation and 2 reconstructive surgeries. One year later she was considered cancer free.

Just shy of two years cancer free Kimberly was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in her left lung. Each doctor’s visit she feared to hear those eternal words “I’m sorry, you’re terminal” but with each consultation her fear dissipated and hope began to grow. They were able to remove the tumor during surgery which was followed with an aggressive round of chemotherapy. Today she is on her second round of chemotherapy waiting to hear “cancer free” again.

I created this website for Kim in an effort to raise awareness, and to raise money. Money that will not only help to save an amazing life, but hopefully be able to replenish what has already been exhausted. A volunteer committee is currently being formed in Chicago to plan a fundraiser for Kim. We are also accepting donations online. If you’re in a position to help, please go to for more details about Kim.”

What you don’t see is that Kimberly dedicated 9 years of her life as a member of the Armed Forces with the U.S. Navy.

For the record, Veronica did not ask me to blog about this topic, I felt compelled to.

My Grandmother, Rhea Wright, fought cancer for many years.  She won 5 out of the 6 times and, despite her having moved on to a better place, I still applaud her courage.  Breast cancer was among the battles she won and I’d love to see Kimberly do the same!

So, let’s help her out!

There are a few things that you can do:

  1. Donate to the cause.  They are working to raise $2,000 and have already collected over $300.  Chip in what you would have spent on coffee today.
  2. Spread the word through social networking channels.  Send a Tweet or add a Facebook status update with her website
  3. Write a blog post and link to her website.

Remind the important women in your life that you love them.  They do, after all, make it possible for each of us to come in to this world!

It’s easy to sit back and say “That’s too bad.”  I encourage you to take one small step (any of those listed above) and help Kimberly make it through this.

I’ll even sweeten the deal.

If we can get to the $2,000 mark by the end of this month (April, 2010), I’ll shave my head, videotape it and share it with the world here on my site!

Thank you Kimberly for your service to this country and the ongoing example of bravery you show us all!

  • Veronica Ludwig


    Your support on this means the world to me. I don't cry, but some serious tears poured when I saw this. (In the happiest way possible) Raising awareness is the largest part of helping someone. This is what you have created with The Red Shoe Project. Proving the point that you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to help those in need.

    You are a true angel on Earth and I’m so thankful to have you as a friend.

    …and REALLY hope you have to shave your head!! 😛


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  • theredrecruiter

    How close are we to the goal now?

  • Alicia Kan

    Okay Goldilocks! I'm waiting for that video! 😉

  • Alicia Kan

    Okay Goldilocks! I'm waiting for that video! 😉

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