From the beginning Tim Vorenkamp was a very different person. He was raised by his two Dutch native parents as a typical American teenager; enjoying life, his brother Patrick, 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 contained within his lungs.
Tim was recruited from high school to the top volleyball school in the nation, but instead he attended UC Berkeley. Life brought great challenges to Tim, but nothing was stronger than his will to fight. Through hundreds of doctor visits, countless blood work, many different kinds of chemotherapy, radiation, over 30 hospital stays, and nearly 10 surgeries, Tim fought the fight with a smile, striving to bring joy to those around him. As a cancer patient, Tim never saw himself as sick, but rather as a light for others. During his years of battling cancer, Tim became a beacon of awareness, and 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 was a pressing reality for Tim as it is for other young adults who fight this fight.
As Tim describes in his video; "Battling cancer you never lose, and you never will lose. Even if one day the fight ends! Once something like this happens, you never lose, you just start a new journey…. Tim started his new journey in heaven on January 10, 2016.
03-27-1997 / 01-10-2016