Help Tim S. Beat Prostate Cancer

$51,660 of $106,500 goal

Raised by 186 people in 14 months
Created May 26, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Circe Schwentor

Update: $43,995 is what was raised for treatment. Anything above $43,995 will be used for funeral expenses. Tim Schwentor died April 20, 2019 at age 45 at 3am PDT in Irvine, CA. We thank everyone for their support. Please see “Updates” section for more of the story of his passing. The family has $12,000 in funeral expenses which we are now trying to cover as Tim wasn’t able to get funeral or life insurance due to age and diagnosis.


Hi there, I'm Jake and I've been friends with Tim and the "Schwentor Clan" for three years. They were the first family I became friends with when I moved to Maui. Tim has never asked me for anything ever... so when he called me and asked for my help with a GoFundMe, I knew I had to help. 

In May, 2018, after experiencing debilitating migraines and inability to urinate, and after several tests at Maui Medical Group in Kahului, Hawaii and a trip to the emergency room, Tim was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Prostate Cancer. [Prostatic Adenocarcinoma & Invasive Carcinoma].

As many of you know, he’s the father of four kids, Asher, 7, Oli, 10, Zach, 13 and Julia, 17, and Circe’s husband of 22 years. He’s also an active member of the Baha’i Faith and community volunteer.

Tim is the sole provider financially and works construction on Maui. Circe is the sole educator to the four homeschooled children.

Just before the diagnosis, Tim and his family were planning to go on a 48 state tour of the United States and travel teach between 2017 and 2019, for the bicentenary of The Bab and Baha'u'llah (the Twin Manifestations of The Baha’i Faith.)

The firesides are an interactive 7-part series designed for friends of friends, communities and informal gatherings to investigate who we really are, the nature of being human and about Oneness of God, Religion and Humanity.

The plan is to deal with the prostate cancer head on, and get out on the road just as soon as Tim is healthy.


My dad has loved me unconditionally.

This is the first time in my life I’ve realized my dad isn’t invincible. For example, we can’t wrestle anymore as he’s grown weaker and barely has energy. Physical activity with dad is my main way of showing how much I love him, and so it feels like I can’t show him how much I love him anymore.

The boys and I have had to adapt to show love to him in different ways. We play board games now. But it’s not the same.

If he doesn’t get the treatment he needs, then he could die. It would leave me and my family struggling to live without him. We aren’t rich and my dad works hard to give us everything he can as a the sole financial provider in the household.

If he doesn’t get the treatment, and if he dies, I would be devastated. I’m worried that my mom would have to do everything to support the family. I’m the oldest and that comes with the understanding that if something happens, I’m the one who is going to be strong and have to carry the family through. Without the treatment, I wouldn’t be able to be daddy’s little girl.

My brothers, age 7, 10, 13, are like a pack. Dad is the leader of the pack. The boys are the heart. Without him, I imagine my brothers would feel lost. My dad gives my brothers boundaries, strong nurturing love, encourages them with their ideas and experiments. Anyone that’s met my dad knows how much he loves the boys. Without my dad, I think they would be great human beings, but I fear that the two youngest, especially Asher, 7, would grow up to only barely recollect him. I want more time with him. I want my brothers to have more time with him.

If you don’t know my dad, but are considering donating, he’s why you should consider: He is loving and caring and never asks for anything of anybody ever. He selflessly gives everything he can. He teaches me and so many others about virtues and how to think about and live life. He’s funny and makes me laugh, pushes me and challenges me and everyone he comes into contact with to be the best self. He loves and gives and if you could give, we would be very grateful.


Because doctors have only offered palliative care, such as hormone therapy (chemical castration), and not a cure, Circe and Tim and the family have decided that alternative therapy at the CHIPSA HOSPITAL, one that has many examples of curing stage IV cancers, is the best route.

Because of the nature of the cancer, and that it has spread, Tim and Circe have decided to do a rigorous 3-week program at CHIPSA headquarters, a hospital for advanced Gerson and immunotherapy work.

According to the Chipsa website, “stage IV cancer is very complicated disease and there aren’t any easy answers. What we can assure you is we have the most experience with natural therapies with cutting edge immunotherapies and modern therapies than anyone else in North America.”

Cost for two plane tickets from Maui to San Diego, and childcare: $1,500

Cost for three weeks of therapy (plus one caregiver stay) $33,000.

Because Tim is primary breadwinner, and does heavy construction, the family needs $3000 per month of living expenses for 24 months.

24 months is the general time for “healing and rebuilding the body, including restoring the liver and essential organs to full function”  according to The Gerson Institute.

Total needed for treatment: $34,500

Total needed for 24 months of healing and on-going medications: $72,000

$106,500. Currently.

** Note, initial funds will be used to get Tim into treatment ASAP. Any remaining money will go towards helping living expenses. 

100% of proceeds up to $33K will be used for Hospital CHIPSA and the rest will be used as described above. All funds will be transferred to Circe. 


Circe is primary educator of their four homeschooled children and therefore, we need to begin the process immediately and urgently.


Any remaining unused funds that are raised will be donated to other Gerson patients once Tim returns to work.

We thank you for your consideration of becoming involved and supporting Tim’s recovery, the Schwentor family, and their teaching efforts.


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Tim Schwentor died peacefully with his daughter Julia and his wife Circe by his side in Irvine, California, 3AM Pacific Time, April 20, 2019 after a well-fought battle with Stage 4 prostate cancer.

Funeral expenses are estimated at $12,000. Circe has been the primary breadwinner since Tim’s diagnosis 1 year ago, and hasn’t been able to work the past three weeks due to Tim’s decline. Also, because of Tim’s age at diagnosis (45) funeral and life insurance weren’t possible.

As you know, Tim leaves behind three boys— Asher, Oli and Zach — Circe of course, and daughter Julia.

We are continuing our raise on this GoFundMe to satisfy funeral expenses in Irvine, CA. Please kindly donate anything you can.

— Jake on behalf of Schwentor Family
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Hi everyone,

A big update from Tim and Circe ... some great news, and some other news.

First, Tim is doing really well. He’s feeling good, although his energy levels are still low and will be for the foreseeable furniture. The family just celebrated Zach’s 14th birthday on Maui together over the weekend.

Second, due to finances and Tim no longer able to work, Tim and Circe have decided to reduce living expenses by moving the family to Barra De Navidad, Mexico, in the bario in October. Overhead on Maui, along with Tim’s continued treatment of almost $1000 a month is just too much.

Third, Julia turns 18 in December. Since visiting the Bahá’í World Center in Haifa, Israel last year, she’s been planning to apply for a year of service. This decision is being sped up due to Tim’s illness so that it is less of a financial burden on the family.

Lots are changing for the Schwentors and more contributions are tangibly something that brings relief.

I am contributing to one of the boys’ plane ticket to Mexico. The Schwentors need another 20K before they move in order to make this happen. Tim can’t work and Circe, in addition to being home school teacher for the three boys, will also be going back to work as a teacher.

Currently, 43K has been raised. We need to get to $63,000 by mid September to help send them off.

Thanks for taking time to read the update.

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Hi folks

Tim and Circe’s ticket is booked for departure this coming Monday for treatment. They will be gone for three weeks. Treatment has also been paid.


Tim also had a bone scan that looked fairly clear. So we are all anticipating a gentle and healthy recovery.

Everyone continues their deepest gratitude for all you’ve done for the family.

Jake on behalf of Tim and Circe.
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Hi friends,

Circe has just informed me that they will be leaving Maui for Tim’s treatment a week from Monday. They are leaving June 11. The childcare situation is handled. All four kids will be staying on Maui. However, if you are on Maui, and want to cook dinners and support the family this way, I’m sure this would be warmly received.

Kids will be seeing familiar / familial faces while Tim is getting 3+ weeks of treatment.

The real healing begins when he gets home, ensuring they continue to have resources to avoid stress levels going high due to financial constraint. Again we cannot express our collective gratitude enough.

More soon from the front lines,

JAKE on behalf of Circe and Tom
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Raised by 186 people in 14 months
Created May 26, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Circe Schwentor
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