Auburn's Evans gets good report in cancer fight

Auburn head coach Kim Evans talks to her players after advancing to the NCAA Championships out of the East Regional.

Auburn head coach Kim Evans talks to her players after advancing to the NCAA Championships out of the East Regional.

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Kim Evans went to Birmingham for blood tests Monday and the results were good. Wednesday, the Auburn coach – diagnosed with ovarian cancer May 7 – went back for a scan at 12:15 p.m. and then sat in a hotel and ordered pizza, killing time before today’s 8:50 a.m. appointment with her doctor.

She sat in Dr. Warner Huh’s office at the UAB Medical Center this morning for what seemed like an eternity.

“I don’t mind telling you I prayed the whole time I waited,” she said.

The results: no evidence of disease.

A cancer-free, joyful Evans got up and hugged him.

“There’s been so much support and love from Auburn and family and friends and all my colleagues in college golf and the golf community,” Evans said. “That’s what has gotten me through it.”

During the last five months, friends put on “rally socks” for Evans and posted pictures on the Facebook page “Rally for Coach Kim Evans.” They sent cards and emails, texts and tweets. Several college coaches even shaved their heads to show support.

Evans, in her 20th year as head coach of the Tigers and a 1981 graduate, said she’d love to recruit some at the end of the fall season but isn’t sure how long it will take her body to recover from the chemotherapy. Walking nine holes right now would be out of the question, particularly in the sun. She’s aiming for a return in February at the Tigers’ first event of the spring, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

Evans admits she’s worried about whether or not her hair will grow back but said it looks like it might be white on the top and brown on the bottom half.

“I might be two-toned,” she said, in a light-hearted moment.

Nothing a salon can’t fix.

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