Kimberly suffers from sickle cell anemia. Because of this disease, she has had over 10 cases of pneumonia, had her spleen and gall bladder removed, and suffered through numerous blood transfusions.
Upon her arrival on-set, Kimberly was sized up to determine her part in the show and then she was whisked away to wardrobe, make-up and hair. She even had a dressing room with her name on it! The best moment of all came when they told Kimberly that they had written in a speaking role for her. In between takes, all of the actors and actresses chatted and visited with Kimberly and made her feel at home. Before it was all over, Kimberly even got to meet basketball hero Magic Johnson, who had a cameo appearance on the episode.