TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Kim Johnson has her good days and bad.
"It's a lonely disease," said Johnson. "It's hard to express exactly how you feel."
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Johnson is currently undergoing treatment for Stage IV cancer. Despite her battle, Johnson won't miss a Bishop Gorman football game. Her son Josh, plays wide receiver for the Crusaders.
"A lot of people told me they thought I fought so hard because I have a son and a reason to get up in the morning," said Johnson. "I think there's something to that. As a mom you need to be there for your kids."
"A lot of time we tend to take for granted our parents," said Josh Johnson. "This experience has really brought us closer and made me appreciate her a lot more knowing she could one day not be here."
Friday night, Josh and his mom will be on the field together. Kim has been named the honorary captain for the Crusaders Pink Out game.
"When I have bad days and I'm in the hospital and he's had to visit me there, I can imagine he thought he was losing me at some point," said Johnson. "It means so much that I can be apart of something that he loves."
"It's definitely going to be a memorable night," said Josh. "I'm grateful for everyday that she's here and everyday I spend with her."
Josh is determined to win for for his mom Friday night. Kim is just as determined to be at every one of Josh's game in the future.
"Through this you realize there's hope and love and people do care about you," said Johnson. "It gives you encouragement to keep fighting."