From the very beginning Tim Vorenkamp was a very different person. He was raised by his two Dutch native parents as a typical American teenager; enjoying life, family, friends and his community. Tim lived life to the fullest and it brought him and his family much joy and happiness.
On September 10, 2010, Tim was diagnosed with Stage 3 Synovial Sarcoma. This very rare form of cancer forced the young teenager into six months of continuous chemotherapy and two months of radiation. On March 28, 2011, the day his port was removed from his chest, he was considered cancer free. Since then, Tim has had 4 relapses of his cancer all containing within his lungs.
Tim was recruited from high school to the top volleyball school in the nation, but instead he now attends UC Berkeley. Life has brought great challenges to Tim, but nothing is stronger than his will to fight. Through the hundreds of doctor visits, countless blood work, over 20 hospital stays, and nearly 10 surgeries, Tim fights the fight with a smile, striving to bring joy to those around him. As a cancer patient, he never sees himself as sick, but rather as a light for others. During his years of battling cancer, Tim has been a beacon of awareness, and has already raised over $50,000 for other non-profit organizations such as Make a Wish. The need for more research to find a cure for Synovial Sarcoma is a pressing reality for Tim and other young adults who fight this fight.