Just the other day, he told his parents he has decided to pursue his passion – cooking – rather than to continue studying psychology in college.
But battling a kidney disease since he was 7 has taken its toll on him and his family, and daily dialysis has put his college career on hold for now.
The community has come together to help the Langham family and Tim's parents, Vickie and William, of Johnstown. In the midst of their son's health problems, Mr. Langham is fighting stage 4 colon cancer, and has been undergoing chemotherapy for years.
“I didn't realize how many friends I had until this all came about,” Mrs. Langham said.
Friends and family organized a couple fundraisers already to help them cope with expenses such as traveling to North Carolina to prepare for a second kidney transplant for Tim. Seven years ago, Mrs. Langham donated her kidney to her son. This time, Tim's sister, 33-year-old Lori, will be donating a kidney as soon as he is healthy enough for surgery.
Proceeds from an upcoming spaghetti dinner and dessert auction, held annually at Ferndale United Methodist Church, will help the family as they try to pay for travel and health expenses.
The dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the church at 701 Vickroy Ave. in Johnstown. Dinner for two people is $6, or take-out meals for two are $8. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Church members have organized the dinner every year since 2000, and they have been able to help 15 families so far.
Pastor Len Findley said a parishioner told the church about this family and their ongoing struggle.
“We always try to find a family struggling, or who had something catastrophic happen,” he said. “We thought this was a very deserving family.”
Many of the church members, including the church's youth group, band together to raise as much as possible, he said. Desserts at the auction have gone for more than $100 in the past, he added.
“It's inspiring to see the community come together in support of one of their own going through some hard times,” Findley said “One of the reasons you become a pastor is for things like this.”
Mrs. Langham said she and her family are touched by the kindness of church members.
“It's wonderful to see the community reach out to us, to see that they care,” she said.