College student. Communications studies major. Motivational speaker. Now a first-time author. Soon-to-be summiteer of Kilimanjaro.
The list of descriptors applicable to Timothy Conners is all the more impressive when two more are considered: blind cancer survivor. At 15, he was diagnosed with a blood cancer known as T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia that eventually robbed him of his vision.
Earlier this month, Conners, now 22, released his debut book, titled “It’s Impossible Until You Do It: Succeeding in the Face of Adversity.” Part autobiography and part personal philosophy, the text is intended to present his outlook on living a fulfilling and meaningful existence.
“I wanted to do something that told you about my life, but I also didn’t want it to just be that. I wanted to teach what I’m speaking about,” Conners said.
More than that, the sale of every other book will go toward raising funds for his upcoming trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania — the highest mountain in Africa. That effort, which he’s dubbed MounTimPossible, is itself meant to raise money for charitable distribution.
“I really like to pay it forward. So many people and organizations have helped me get to where I am today,” Conners said.