Friends organize social media fundraising campaign for Tim Grimes, SM East grad with stage 4 cancer

Friends have organized a campaign to help pay for the medical bills for Tim Grimes as he fights cancer.
Friends have organized a campaign to help pay Tim Grimes’ medical bills as he fights cancer.

Twenty-eight-year-old SM East grad Tim Grimes recently found out he has stage 4 melanoma cancer that had spread to his lungs, and a group of his friends are hoping to use Tim’s love of the Kansas City Royals as a way to help raise funds to pay for his medical treatment.

Earlier this week, friends launched a Twitter account under the handle “RoyalsWinForTim” and started encouraging fans to donate $10 every time the boys in blue took a victory. In just four days, 196 people have donated more than $16,000 via a GoFundMe campaign.

Doctors give Grimes a prognosis of just a 5 percent chance of survival and suggest he may have only 12 to 18 months to live. But Tim is aggressively fighting the cancer. He underwent surgery this week to have as much cancerous tissue removed as possible, and will begin chemotherapy soon.

However, Grimes has no medical insurance, and his treatments are expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Grimes’ Westwood View Elementary classmates Adam and Eric Schaumburg worked with other friends to get the campaign going, and they’ve gotten remarkable traction in just a few days. The cause has blown up on social media, with radio and television helping amplify the message. Fox Sports showed a sign promoting the campaign during the broadcast of Thursday’s Royals-Twins game, and Grimes appeared on Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio Friday. KSHB aired a story on the hashtag and the campaign Thursday as well.

The GoFundMe fundraising goal is $100,000.

“It’s been amazing to see so many people from the SME network and beyond rally for him, spreading the #RoyalsWinForTim, donating and supporting him with so much heart,” Adam said. “Listening to Tim, you wouldn’t know he received the toughest news imaginable, that he may not live beyond a year and a half. The immense amount of support and additional efforts will go a long way towards helping him get past this.”