At the age of six, Tim’s son Ben was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of childhood cancer. While Ben battled the disease over the next three years, Tim learned some important lessons: that you can’t always protect your family from dark times, how difficult it is to ask for help, and that it truly is easier to give than receive. It was at this moment that Tim says he jumped in headfirst and became someone who volunteered and contributed to causes because he knew he could make a difference in the lives of others.
Tim says, “even as a young child Ben understood how other people were pitching in to help him and his family, and he asked us to do the same for others even if his journey came to an end.” Tim has honored Ben’s memory to help children who have received a cancer diagnosis and is most proud of being able to volunteer alongside Ben’s twin brother, James.
Last summer, Tim joined the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to unveil a new license plate specially designed to increase awareness about childhood cancer and Tim proudly displays a “4 B3N” license plate on his vehicle.
Today, Tim generously donates his time to a number of nonprofits including Double H Ranch, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Ben’s Green Drakkoman Foundation, and many SEFCU-sponsored events including volunteering at the South end Children’s Café, Metropolitan Summer Camp, and the holiday hunger appeal.