Oak Ridge man battling cancer keeps helping the community through Habitat for Humanity

OAK RIDGE (WATE) – If you were given a year to live what would you do?  Doctors told an Anderson County man in December his cancer had spread and time was running out. Despite the news, he keeps building for Habitat for Humanity.

Tim Myrick grew up volunteering. It’s something very important to him and even as he battles cancer he looks forward to building another house with Habitat for Humanity.

Myrick started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County over 20 years ago when the chapter was formed. He has worked on all 58 homes built by the non-profit in Anderson County.

“When you do volunteer for others it builds your character. It makes you a better person and it accomplishes something that need to be done in the world so it solves a social problem as well. So it helps all the way around,” said Myrick.
“When you do volunteer for others it builds your character. It makes you a better person and it accomplishes something that need to be done in the world so it solves a social problem as well. So it helps all the way around,” said Myrick.

A year ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The cancer has spread. Doctors gave him a year to live late last year.

“When someone tells you, ‘You only have a year to live,’ it certainly stops you dead in your tracks and makes you focus on what’s important in life,” said Myrick.

After much soul searching, he’s decided he wants to spend most of his time continuing to volunteer and give back to the community. He plans on building another house with Habitat for Humanity, which the organization is dedicating to him. The build will be called The House that Love Built and will house a family of five.

Tim Marcum the COO with Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County says Myrick is an inspiration.

“His presence has been felt in very house that we’ve built. I would say very possibly in the book of Webster’s dictionary his photo would be next to the word hero. He’s really just that great of a guy,” said Marcum.

Myrick says despite the doctor’s predictions, he plans to spend many more years volunteering and giving back to the community through Habitat for Humanity.

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“It will be number 59 and it certainly won’t be my last one. We are going to do many more after this,” said Myrick.

Myrick says construction on the new Habitat for Humanity house will start in July and the family will be moved in by Thanksgiving.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County call (865) 482-7713

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