There are times when we all stand together – as an industry, as colleagues and as friends. This is one of those times.
About a month ago, Kim Taylor, president, global operations, technology and risk of the CME Group, was diagnosed with colon cancer. She is currently working from home while she undergoes treatment to beat this. That is all we know or asked about her condition, respecting her privacy.
Kim is a giant in this industry, with more than 25 years at the CME Group. Much of her time there has been devoted to the CME Clearing House, where she rose from what was a rather obscure division to running arguably the most important piece of an exchange’s operations. As clearing became more visible, so has Kim, a mainstay at conferences and a willing interviewee for this very firm and many others. Her ability to embrace the public spotlight and explain key components of clearing cannot be measured. Her rise to president, global operations, technology and risk put her 9th in Crain’s Chicago Business’ top 20 most powerful women in Chicago last year.
So it is no surprise really that Kim and her team are taking a very public path to beating cancer as well. It is one that takes the love, care and prayers of friends, relatives, colleagues, acquaintances and supporters. No one fights cancer alone. No one fights alone.
There are lots of ways to help Kim during this difficult battle. Cards, emails, calls and prayers can help. But so can standing with her against colon cancer and helping support research to beat this disease.
Kim’s staff has identified and vetted a charity, called the Lisa Fund, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to colon cancer research. The site is www.fightcolorectalcancer.com. Her colleagues have purchased a multitude of rubber bracelets with that message on it; No One Fights Alone.
Kim also suggested MD Anderson in Texas, where you can donate in HONOR of someone:
https://gifts.mdanderson.org/mdanderson/main.php/micro_sites/showpage?id=28. You may need Kim’s address for this one. Please email me directly for that information.
For the first 25 people who donate to the Lisa Fund or MD Anderson in Texas in honor of Kim Taylor, we will send you one of the bracelets. Make that the next 24. We were the first to donate.
When we think of people who are full of life, Kim Taylor is near the top of the list. Her joy for life is go great many can tell she is in the room from far away from the sound of her booming laugh. Kim also has been a big supporter of one of our favorite charities, Futures For Kids, usually ending up with the same 10-pound Toblerone chocolate bar at the annual auction each year. That always makes us laugh, imagining Kim trying to walk through the airport with it on the way home.
Well, we want Kim to have the last laugh after she beats colon cancer. Help her, pray for her and support the Lisa Fund. No One Fights Alone!
Let her know we are all there for her and each other.
(This commentary was written by John Lothian and Jim Kharouf and edited by Sarah Rudolph.)