Kim Malz's Story

July 31, 2009 6:00 PM

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Games09KimMalzSandbag.jpgTwo years ago, Kim Malz from CrossFit Persevere was preparing for a struggle with breast cancer. With the loving support of her friends and family, she was able to overcome her disease and bounce back. The end of cancer brought on the beginning of her journey into CrossFit.

After starting CrossFit in the winter of 2008, she noticed vast improvement in her fitness. She qualified 4th at the Northeast Regionals, which brought her to Aromas for the 2009 Games.

In this video from Marty Cej and John Buffone of BNN fame, we get a close look at Kim Malz, her incredible story, and some insight into her battle with disease and how she came back to be among the world's fittest in 2009.

Kim Malz's 09 Games Story - video... [wmv] [mov]

13 comments on this entry.

1. Anthony Springman wrote...

July 31, 2009 8:41 PM

Inspirational video are the definition of a thriver. My wife is currently putting the beat down on some thyroid cancer this summer, so your story is very motivational to her. Look forward to you taking part in the games for years to come.

2. Tom wrote...

August 1, 2009 12:19 AM

Great video and inspiring story Kim! Keep kicking cancer's @ss. I recall you completing the 7.2km trail run at the Games and running down into the Stadium yelling something like "Yes I did it, that was fun!" while many others were wiped. Pretty cool.

August 1, 2009 4:04 AM


good on you. I hope you are proud of yourself. Your positive attitude, energy and guts are an example to us all.

I wish you the very best of luck in the future. YOu are a Crossfit hero and a life hero


4. Lourie G. wrote...

August 1, 2009 1:25 PM


Like Nick ^ said, you are a crossfit and life hero. I had no idea you were a survivor of cancer. This video brought me to tears and as well as inspired me to dig deep and train harder. You are amazing and beautiful!

(I hope to see more videos of this style.)

5. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

August 2, 2009 4:57 AM

Anthony- my most sincere and best wishes to your wife for a full recovery. Although thoughts of cancer are always there, it is such a relief that 2 years cancer free cancer is not CONSUMING me.

Tom- you are right...I really did say that run was fun (being in the woods anyway)! The road part was the worst for me, no idea why.

Thank you for your kind words Nick and Lourie- I believe we all have a story to share that can help someone. If mine can help 1 person see beyond the darkness (and loneliness)of their cancer diagnosis by all means I'm happy to help and will offer a lending ear to listen as well.

Best Regards,

Kim Malz

6. Charity wrote...

August 2, 2009 10:51 PM

Great video, Kim. Very inspiring. Keep up the good work and good attitude. You've got 3 beautiful girls watching you!

I must say I agree with you on the run. I thought the last part on the road was horrible.

7. Lindsey Smith wrote...

August 3, 2009 8:09 AM

Wow. Very inspiring. I'm really glad BNN took the time to make this clip and shed a little light on your story. Keep fighting! In more ways than one, you are already a champion. Hope to see you again next summer!

God bless,

8. Bill wrote...

August 3, 2009 8:42 AM

Hi Kim,
My friend Lindsey sent your story to me. She finished in the top 5 in the games this past July and has been inspiring me to get into Crossfit. Your story touch my heart. I have a rare form of pancreatic cancer and doing well. When people ask me if I have cancer...I tell them "YES I do, but it doesn't have ME!" That is so you! What a remarkable person you are, beautiful inside and out. Keep on going and DON'T STOP! I look forward to following your achievements for a very long time. You're an inspiration to everyone in this world. THANK YOU!

All my best to you and in your courageous FIGHT.

9. Jake B wrote...

August 3, 2009 8:55 AM

Well done Fit Mom, you're beautiful inside and out.

I always love it when people enjoy CrossFit. Keep it up.

10. AP wrote...

August 3, 2009 10:51 AM

What a wonderful story- Kim you are AWESOME :) Way to keep fighting!!

11. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

August 3, 2009 2:25 PM

Charity- I still talk about your performance to our athletes at our CF gym! so glad to have had a few moments to congratulate you after the final WOD on Sunday. Thank you for your kind words!

Lindsey- great determination at the Games! I'll keep fightin' hard and thank you for taking the time to pass along encouraging words!

Bill- you are so right on "Cancer does not have me!". You keep your head held high too my friend- cancer may take body parts, it can't take your spirit!

Jake- Your kind words are greatly appreciated-thank you!

AP- We all have a story...I hope mine helps each of us find a little more fire in the belly to keep at "it" hard!



12. A.M replied to comment from Kim Malz~FitMom...

August 5, 2009 1:36 PM

I just want to say how much you/your video helped me today. Like everyone I have many things to be thankful for but today was "one of those days" where it was hard to get to it and like your video showed, "never stop". Just wanted to say keep up the good work, you look great and I'm sure even better; your story was an inspiration to me today and in the future.

excellent work

13. Kim Malz~FitMom replied to comment from A.M...

August 6, 2009 7:04 PM

A.M.~ Keep on keepin' on! Glad my story could help you. Sometimes we need a little boost from someone else to help us along.

All the best to you,