A South Dakota teacher is getting by with a little help from his friends in his time of need. Tim Gjoraas was diagnosed with colon cancer and started chemo last year, but in July doctors told him he only had months left to live. The 45-year-old decided to retire after 22 years in the classroom so he could spend more time with his wife and three kids and his community has been rallying around his family to help any way they can.
Tim had one thing he wanted to do for his wife – have their house painted. He mentioned it to Doug Rinken, his retired teacher friend, and asked if he could take care of it next summer for her. But he didn’t have to wait. The next weekend, a crew of about a dozen other teacher buddies came over and got to work, painting the brown house blue – a shade Tim’s wife, Lisa, picked out.
“If you spend your life being a good person and hanging around good people, trying to make a positive impact on your community, if you need something people show up,” Tim says. “It’s pretty amazing the outpouring of love my family’s had.”