Middle Park High School is dedicating its Thursday, Oct. 25, football game to benefitting Kimberlee Nanda of Granby, the West Grand music teacher and Middle Park High School alumnus and drama sponsor who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last fall.
"The Nanda family is dealing with a situation that I pray none of us will ever need to endure," wrote Scott Eldred, Middle Park High School principal, in an email to the MPHS community to rally support for the Nandas. "A strong community presence at these events would be greatly appreciated."
Kimberlee Nanda is diagnosed with having Medulla Blastoma, a rare condition. She underwent brain surgery last October, but from complications, spent the next four months comatose. "She has (since) lost her sense of balance, which impairs her ability to walk on her own," Eldred wrote, according to correspondence with Kimberlee's husband Tanny Nanda.
"Her memories and intellect are intact, but her motor skills and speech are severely impaired. Her recovery has been slow, but her spirits have been high."
Last Friday, the Nandas learned Kimberlee's cancer had returned following nearly a year of chemotherapy with no clear sign of recurrence of the cancer. The Nandas will be in Oklahoma for the next several weeks while Kimberlee begins radiation treatment, according to Eldred.
"The doctors are convinced that the radiation will take care of the problem and we hope and pray for the same," Tanny Nanda told Eldred. "We are hoping to start the New Year cancer-free and focus on her rehabilitation. She wants to return to the classroom as soon as possible."