Foundation Board

Foundation Board Members

Donnie Grissom

President of Performance Orthopaedics of the Carolinas, Inc. The reason that I wanted to serve on this board was that in the short time that I got to know Lauren, she was such an incredible and giving person. She never complained and worried about others being happy through all of her struggles. I would like the foundation to carry on her legacy of helping others and to be able to find a cure so no one else will have to deal with what Lauren went through.

Jennifer Grissom

I currently work at Performance Orthopaedics of the Carolinas Inc as the Business Manager. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Engineering.

I met Lauren in college at North Carolina State University where we lived in the same dorm building. We met through mutual friends and developed a close friendship over 20 years. When we graduated and moved to different cities we always found a way to keep in touch and get together for girls’ weekends. We both ended up living in Charlotte, just miles apart. I can remember people being so drawn to her for her generosity and kindness. Every friend Lauren had was a ‘best friend’. She was so full of life and never took anything for granted. When she was diagnosed with a rare cancer she remained optimistic and didn’t let it stop her. When she was feeling well she would make and deliver goody baskets to people undergoing chemo treatment, just so they would know somebody was thinking about them. It is my hope that the community can come together to help find a cure for Synovial Sarcoma.

Pam Kimsey
I live in Gastonia, North Carolina. I am married to Warren Kimsey, former exhibits director of The Schiele Museum of Natural History, We were incredibly lucky to have two precious daughters and two adorable granddaughters. I am retired from Fort Properties as the property manager of the business. This was a very challenging job with no two days the same, but I did enjoy my job and helping those in need find homes.

Our eldest daughter was Lauren Marie Kimsey. She was the sweetest most giving person I have ever known. She fought her battle with cancer with no complaints. She loved doing for others, and worried about everyone else before herself. Her volunteer work continued even as she fought her own battle. Our family will never be the same without her. Her little nieces still remember her and often say they miss their LaLa.

Her sister Ashley Kimsey Jacobs thought of the Foundation in hopes that with enough research, no one else will have to go through what Lauren did. Ashley’s heart is as giving as Lauren’s was. Her dad and I were delighted with this idea and will work hard to see that it continues. This foundation is very personal to me. Lauren would want to see her family trying to help other people not to have to go through what she did. At this time there is no cure for Synovial Sarcoma. I pray that at some point with God’s help and your help we can make a difference.

Donna Moffett

I am the owner and CEO of an area consulting and accounting firm whose focus during its 45-year history is closely held businesses and their owners, providing business planning, consulting and tax compliance reporting.

I first met Lauren thru our membership in the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg County. Lauren’s desire to be a contributing member of our club and her ever-present volunteerism in community projects was an inspiration to many. Lauren had such a positive attitude while dealing with the disease of cancer – always a smile and even a joke to about her journey to put others at ease. To have the opportunity to work with an organization that carries her name in the fight against Synovial Sarcoma is an honor.

Kristin Phillips
I am the Marketing Director and Executive Assistant at Binder Chiropractic in Statesville, NC. I have been married to my amazing husband, Bryan, since 1999. We have two wonderful children, Tayler who will graduate from Appalachian State University in Spring 2020 and Austin who will be graduating from high school in Spring 2020, undecided on where he will start college in the fall.

After moving to Cornelius, NC from Ponte Vedra, Florida, I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren working together at Aquesta Bank. We quickly developed a strong friendship and soon after this became neighbors. I was drawn to her smile and huge heart, they could make the rest of the world disappear. I am forever grateful to have called her one of my best friends. I miss her wisdom, love, advice, comfort, and constant laughs until we cried, she forever touched my heart!

I could not be more honored to be a part of The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma. She lived to help others and her legacy will continue to live on through the hard work and dedication of her foundation for years to come. Lauren was only here with us 39 short years, but I hope to carry on her light, strength and love with others every day.
Live, Laugh, Love

Brian Sisson
I am the owner and COO of The Range at Lake Norman, The Range at Ballantyne and The Pineville Gun Shop. I also serve on the Board of Directors at EnergyUnited. I am married to Tricia Sisson for 26 years and have two Children Kaitlyn who is an inventory analyst at Electrolux and Sam who is a student at App State.

I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Lauren in 2011, through a mutual friend. She was the type of person that you meet and just adored immediately. Lauren was the center of a group of friends who spent much time together and enjoyed just hanging around and having fun. She was an amazing person whose smile would light up a room and who was always concerned about others, regardless of the challenges she was facing in life. There are very few days that go by, that I don’t think about Lauren and the smile she put on the faces of so many people. She is missed by so many and touched the hearts and souls of an entire community.

When I was asked to join the board of her foundation it took me about a nano-second to agree. Any chance I have to continue to spread, the love, hope and beauty that came from Lauren, makes her limited time on earth that much more special.

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