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Timpson’s Senior Project A Special Tribute to Two Special Women

The cure for cancer is getting closer, but sadly, it’s still not close enough for those still fighting the disease and for those who lose their battle to death. Cancer has personally touched Chris Timpson and his Sr. Project is definitely a labor of love

-       Name:  Christopher Timpson

-       Age: 17

-       School:  Narragansett High School

-       Accomplishment:  Christopher (Chris) Timpson knows what it feels like to lose one of the most important people in one’s life, his mother.  He lost his mother, Linda Timpson, to colon cancer when he was in the 2nd grade.  He’s turned that tragedy into a way to remember his beloved mother by organizing a fundraiser to benefit cancer research.

Every senior needs to plan and execute a project in order to graduate from high school.  The ideas that the students come up for their projects range from directing plays to running their own businesses. 

Students choose something that really speaks to them, so when Timpson chose his, a fundraiser to benefit cancer research, he knew he would be going the distance to make it a success.

He, his twin brother Connor and sister Carly, a freshman at NHS, suffered one of the most heartbreaking losses of all — that of their precious mother. 

Timpson knew this project was a must because of his personal history with cancer.  He lost his mom, Linda Timpson, to colon cancer when he was in the second grade and recently lost his grandmother, Terri Timpson, to lung cancer.

Linda was a beloved teacher at Matunuck Elementary School for many years before she became ill. Those who knew her remember her gentle spirit, passion for teaching and overwhelming love for her family. 

Terri Timpson was also well known in the community as a woman of character with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor.  She helped manage the family business, Ed Timpson and Sons Excavating, on Rose Hill Road in South Kingstown.

“I thought of this idea for my senior project when I was a sophomore in high school,” Chris said. “My mom passed away when I was in second grade. My family held a walk in her honor for a few years, and I thought that restarting a walk to raise awareness about cancer and to raise funds for cancer research would be a unique opportunity. I organized this fundraiser in both my mom and grandmother’s memory and honor to not only raise awareness about cancer, but also to raise money for cancer research.”

The event, which includes a 3-mile walk, raffle and food, will be held 10 a.m. April 7th at the Narragansett High School track. All participants will receive an event t-shirt.

Registration costs are $12 for students and $15 for non-students. All checks should be made payable to the Narragansett School System.

Timpson has put a lot of careful thought and countless hours of time into planning this fundraiser.

“I’m very grateful to be working with such a great mentor, Tom Regan, who has been a huge help for the project,” he said. “It’s a much more detailed project than I envisioned but the outcome is going to be priceless.”

“Originally, I had planned to raise about $2,000 for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. After contacting many sponsors, thanks to their generous offerings, I have already surpassed this figure. We have raised about $3,500 in sponsorships alone, and registration for the event will help us to raise even more money to benefit cancer research.”

Timpson remembers both his mom and grandmother with a very full heart. 

“I love these two women more than words can describe. I’m glad that I have the ability to honor them as part of my senior project,” he reflects with great poignancy.

One of the most important influences in his life is his father, John D. Timpson, a graduate of NHS in 1981.  He spoke of the admiration and respect he has for his father faced with raising three young kids alone after Linda passed away and says he is very grateful to have him as a role model. 

“My dad has worked with many cancer benefits and groups and has set an example for my brother, sister and I to help find a cure for cancer!”

Timpson said he’s enjoyed being a senior so far.

“It’s nice. I’m not too stressed with graduation requirements because I finished my online portfolio and the other hard stuff early on, which is shocking because I procrastinate a lot.  I have had an enjoyable senior year and I’m trying to make the best of the time I have left with my friends before we go our separate ways in the fall. It’s going to be weird because most of us have been together since like the first grade.”

He’s not shy when he says that he enjoyed the social aspect of NHS. 

“I’m friends with many different people, and I know almost everyone because of the relatively small size of school. I play on the lacrosse team. I’m a midfielder, and I enjoy playing lacrosse more than almost any other activity. I just love the game,” Timpson said, smiling. 

His plans after graduation are to attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall, where he’ll live on campus.  (Congrats, from all of us here at Patch, Chris!)

The fundraiser will be held rain or shine this Saturday. Kayla Donaghue, a senior at NHS, will be the DJ for the event.  

“She learned the skills to being a DJ for her senior project, and I thought this would be a great opportunity for her to showcase all that she has learned,” Timpson said.   

He is grateful to the many businesses and individuals who have donated the various prizes for the raffle.  If anyone else would like to donate to the raffle, or has any questions about the event, please feel free to contact him at cdtimpson@cox.net or at 741-3301.

For those who cannot attend the fundraiser and would still like to donate, you can contact Timpson at the above e-mail or donate directly to www.damonrunyon.org

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Sherri-Lynn Briggs April 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Nice article and wonderful senior project. The senior project can be a daunting undertaking for students. When the topic is meaningful to the student you certainly see the passion of the year long work in the end result. Having another student's project "piggy back" is awesome and shows great teamwork...another experience that will benefit these students in the years to come.
Cheryl Butler April 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Chris Timpson is a wonderful example of a Sr. Project that comes to life. What an engaging and terrific young man! Both his mother and grandmother may not be on this earth, but they are smiling from above! Loved writing about this!
PeacefulOne April 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
As a high school teacher and NHS alum, I read this article with great interest. This young man should give us all hope for the future. John did a great job bringing him up, and Linda would be ever so proud! Great job, Chris, keep up the good work and all the best for your bright future. You are making the world a better place.

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