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'This Time Tomorrow' surprises cancer patients with random acts of kindness

Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 17:09:40-05

This time tomorrow  - it's a phrase of hope that some cancer patients may not feel. It's also the name of a local organization trying to give hope to those battling cancer, by easing their financial burden. And it all started with a song.  

Cory Zimmermann is doing what he loves best as he walks up to this apartment building in Ozaukee County. Today, he's about to surprise a woman named Maria Gonzalez with a random act of kindness.  

This project actually started 16 years ago when he wrote and performed the song, 'This Time Tomorrow.' He wrote it in 2001, after learning a dear friend was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and was given three months to live.

Singers like Naima Adadepo and Terry McDermott from 'The Voice', remake the song every year. The song led Zimmermann to help start the 'This Time Tomorrow Foundation' and the money raised helps make surprises like the one today, possible.  

Gonzalez says she is very thankful and in shock by the surprise.  Zimmermann says recipients can do whatever they want with the $3,000 gift. It's the organization's what of letting "people know when they are really down that not everything is against them, give people inspiration to keep fighting."  

Zimmermann has seen that inspiration first hand because his friend who was given three months to live, is a fighter, and still alive today.  The organization's biggest fundraiser is coming up on November 18th at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

For every car sold and serviced until the 16th at Hall Imports in Brookfield, the dealership will make a donation to the 'This Time Tomorrow' foundation.  And if you would like to nominate someone who is fighting cancer and in financial distress, to receive a 'Random Act of Kindness' click on the link below.