Tim S.

Bremerton Family YMCA

Tim has been with the Y since 1996. Through the good times and the bad, the Y was a constant for Tim. And one of those bad times was finding out he had a large brain tumor when he was 19 years old. Soon after this discovery, he underwent brain surgery, which had complications and left him decreased vision and a loss of hearing.

Another unfortunate side effect of his treatment was the early onset of dementia, giving him a shorter life span. But Tim kept coming to the Y to stay healthy, and even some Y staff and members started to learn how to use sign language to communicate with Tim, and encourage him on his journey.

One Y volunteer built such strong relationship with Tim that they became best friends, eating lunch together every Friday. The combination of social and physical activity has given Tim the ability to outlive his doctor’s predictions.

“Attitude is a paintbrush of your mind, you can paint any situation with it,” said Tim. “Going to the Y all this time has extended my life and improved its quality.”