Lauren Marie Kimsey

Lauren Marie Kimsey, 39, of Mooresville, was born January 23, 1977 in Gastonia, NC to Robert Warren Kimsey and Pamela Hightower Kimsey. Lauren, with her beautiful smile, her grace, and determination, could be seen all over the Lake Norman community. Always with a ready smile, Lauren, loved by so many, had a kindness and gentleness that came from the heart and a laugh that made everyone around her smile. She was the marketing director for Aquesta Bank and worked with many organizations including, the Lake Norman Chamber in both business and philanthropic areas. Lauren was a giver-always offering herself for the benefit of others, whether through her many charitable aspirations or to support her family and friends. Her “holiday homeless” friends were always part of all of Lauren’s celebrations as she would never let a friend be alone on the holidays. She was a GIGGLES life group member where she helped serve in the homeless shelter, made jewelry for disadvantaged women, made blankets and baskets for the chemo center and participated in Stop Hunger Now food packing. She volunteered for the Ada Jenkins Center, and Big Day at the Lake among others. Lauren was the PR director of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club where she was not only a leader, but she also worked with the Christmas shoe boxes, pancake breakfast, annual golf tournament and Habitat for Humanity. She was a member of the Executive Women of Lake Norman and participated in its many efforts to support Safe Alliance and organized teams to help build houses for “Wounded Warriors”. Lauren believed that we could find a cure for cancer and participated in Relay for Life, breast cancer and sarcoma awareness and fundraising events. Lauren was recently nominated for Business Women of the Year 2016.

After a fight like no other, Lauren Kimsey lost her fight  against this terrible disease on September 10, 2016….just months shy of her 40th birthday.  Lauren’s fight began six years ago, when a small lump appeared on her arm.  The initial diagnosis was a pulled muscle from exercise – as Lauren was very physically active, fit and the picture of health.  After months of physical therapy with no relief, it was discovered that Lauren had synovial sarcoma – a rare soft tissue cancer with no known cure.  The exact underlying cause of synovial sarcoma is poorly understood and it is the families wish to help find the cause and cure.   In honor of Lauren, the “Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc.”  was formed.

Lauren is survived by her loving family; parents, Warren and Pam of Gastonia; sister, Ashley Jacobs of Gastonia; her precious nieces who she adored, Faith Adeline Jacobs and Emberlyn Grace Jacobs; maternal grandmother, Jacquelyn Hightower of Atlanta, GA; aunts and uncles, Patrice Swords, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kimsey; along with several cousins. Lauren made the world a better place for all who knew her. She touched so many hearts and will be a blessing for all to remember.

Synovial Sarcoma

Lauren fought a long hard battle with Synovial Sarcoma.

A synovial sarcoma (also known as: malignant synovioma) is a rare form of cancer which occurs primarily in the extremities of the arms or legs, often in close proximity to joint capsules and tendon sheaths. As one of the soft tissue sarcomas, it is one of the rarest forms of soft tissue cancer in the world.

The name “synovial sarcoma” was coined early in the 20th century, as some researchers thought that the microscopic similarity of some tumors to synovium, and its propensity to arise adjacent to joints, indicated a synovial origin; however, the actual cells from which the tumor develops are unknown and not necessarily synovial.

Primary synovial sarcomas are most common in the soft tissue near the large joints of the arm and leg but have been documented in most human tissues and organs, including the brain, prostate, and heart.

Synovial sarcoma occurs most commonly in the young, representing about 8% of all soft tissue sarcomas[4] but about 15–20% of cases in adolescents and young adults. The peak of incidence is in the third decade of life, with males being affected more often than females (ratio around 1.2:1)

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