The NHLPA has caught on to the Timmyheads. Yesterday, their website had a story about the Schaller brothers and that time that Tim had a life saving asset in defeating his brother’s rare blood disease, Aplastic Anemia.
“When I was in college, I got really sick and needed a bone marrow transplant,” recalled Dave, who was also diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2006. “We did all the testing and Tim was my donor. He saved my life. We were in and out of the hospital for about nine weeks.”
Dave Schaller decided to hold tribute for his brother upon making to the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 2013 and continued the tradition when Tim signed with their home team, the Boston Bruins.
Sales of Timmyhead shirts and cutouts through Tim Schaller’s website benefit The Jimmy Fund. They’ve raised about $4200 so far. It’s pretty clear that Dave is proud of Tim.
“Every single time I see him out there, it blows my mind,” said Dave. “I have a few friends in Philadelphia, so we went for the weekend. We actually went down to the glass for warm-ups, which I never usually do. Seeing Tim up-close on the ice, saying hello to the fans – I go to games a lot, see him out there and that’s great – and seeing him up-close and personal, interacting with the fans, I think that’s the coolest thing I’ll experience. Making the NHL is a lifelong dream we both had and it just continues to blow my mind every time I see it. And I don’t think it will ever stop.”