Dinner to Assist Kim Deep Battle Cancer
By, JOHN TORSIELLO
For 20 years, Kim Deep made sure that every child had a chance to enjoy themselves as members of the Torrington Little League. Deep served the league as AAA Director, Majors Director, Player Agent, President and did pretty much anything that needed to be done.
Now, with Deep in the fight of her life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016 and taking part in a clinical trial of treatment for the disease in Tampa, Fla., the league is turning the tables and helping out one of its own by holding a fundraising pasta dinner at Chatterley’s Banquet facility (formerly Cornucopia) in Burrville Apr. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funds raised will help Deep and her family defray high medical costs incurred by the treatment of her illness.
“I enjoyed working with Torrington Little League and doing what I could for all the children that wanted to play baseball,” said Deep recently. “I was not biased as I didn't have a child in the league. I was for all individuals regardless of playing ability. I believed players needed to earn trophies, not just for participation, as this teaches them correct life lessons.”
Deep believes some of her biggest accomplishments while serving as an official with the league were creating more baseball events and tournaments.
“We had only spring ball, fall ball for ages 9 to 11, a district tournament, and Tri-Town. We created inter-league spring and fall ball, fall ball for the younger players, and some summer ball. We also made great strides in improving Colangelo Field, including scoreboards. It was with the help from many volunteers and their dedication and hard work. During my time with the league we won two 9-10 District 6 titles, one 10-11 District 6 title, and two sectional titles, and went to the state Little League tournament.”
Deep is a strong advocate for Little League. “It enables all to participate regardless of playing ability, teaches children about the game, about team work, sportsmanship, and respect for the game.”
She would like to see greater participation and the creation of a division for “the more talented players so we don't lose players to the AAU leagues.”
Deep is originally from Ridgefield and moved to Torrington in 1992. She worked as an expediter at BE Aerospace in Bantam until the plant closed in 2002, and for the past 12 years at Altra Industrial Motion handling outside services, including all plating, heat treating, outside machining, and other required outsourcing.
Even during her treatment (she is living with her parents presently in Venice) she keeps in touch with friends and family in Torrington. She has three sons and a daughter (Joe Deep 27, Ashley Reardon 24 and Zac Reardon 22), all but one, a son (Keith Deep 41) who resides in Florida, living in Torrington.
Naturally, it was devastating when she received the news that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“I learned I had a mass in December, and it was confirmed in January that it was malignant. It was a big shock. It was something no one wants to hear. But, my instincts kicked in immediately that I am beating this and will do whatever it takes to win this battle.”
She continued, “All my life it has been all or nothing. I thought the pain in my stomach was my nerves from stress. The tumor has attached to a major artery, which makes it inoperable. There are smaller blood vessels involved. The clinical trial is a method of targeted chemotherapy compared to conventional chemo that has not been successful in most cases. Every day is a new challenge on how I feel. I am trying to stay active to remain healthy and keep up the good fight.”
She said the support and encouragement she has had during the last four months has been a source of strength.
“I have received and continue to receive tremendous support from family, friends, co-workers, and the community. I only ask everyone to keep me in their prayers as God always listens.” She plans on being at the dinner in her honor.
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