When the Kansas City Royals take the field Monday, little do the players know they'll be helping a metro man fight for his life.
Tim Grimes, 28, got the news a week ago that he would most likely die in a year, so he has looked to his favorite baseball team for inspiration and the courage to give cancer the biggest fight its seen.
But one of the biggest obstacles the Kansas City man faces is little money and no health insurance.
The hashtag #royalswinfortim and a Go Fund Me account has raised more than $21,000 for Grimes.
He will be at Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers to cheer on his favorite team, the Royals. It is one of the things he says is keeping him fighting against the odds.
"No matter what is going on in my life, whether it is a bad day at work or cancer, the Royals is always something I can rely on to sit back, relax and watch the game," he said.
Grimes' stage 4 melanoma is part of everyday conversation these days.
"Monday (the doctor) comes in and just said it straight, 'It spread. It is in your liver, your lungs and your spine,'" Grimes said.
The doctor's diagnosis a week ago confused Grimes, who felt no symptoms but was given a 5 percent chance of living more than a year.
"You never want to hear that your child has a timeline," Grimes' mother, Lauren Grimes, said.
Though the prognosis was unbearable, friends and family wasted no time setting up a fundraising account, because his health insurance at his new job hasn't kicked in yet.
And even when it does, it'll most likely take more to get through the aggressive treatment Tim Grimes chose to take.
"There is going to be a point where he is not going to be able to work. This won't only help him pay his medical bills, but his daily bills," Lauren Grimes said.
To beat the blues, Tim Grimes has always worn the blues, and his friends are using his Royals love to raise social media awareness through #royalswinfortim.
"It started out with a small group of friends and family and then it went from complete strangers. Now it is the whole city," he said. "If my days are numbered, this isn't a bad way to go out."
Tim Grimes said he realizes he is not the only person fighting cancer and that the generosity of strangers has humbled him. But he also wants to see change come out of his story - inspiring people to not only stay positive but to get regular skin checks at the doctor's office.
The Royals Foundation has a policy that does not allow it to contribute to individual people.
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