Saturday ceremony at Knox a tribute to Tim

From the Register-Mail:

Knox College has an afternoon planned to celebrate Tim Heimann on Saturday. He deserves a month.

Heimann’s recent health problems are so outrageous that he can’t even say goodbye to his doctor without it becoming a life-altering event.

As he was on his way out the door of a December checkup, the beloved former Knox men’s basketball coach casually asked about a slight shake in his left hand. A week later, surgeons carved a tumor out of his brain.

“There are certain times that I have felt sorry for myself,” said Heimann’s replacement Rob Purlee, talking about the 1-17 start to his first season as Prairie Fire coach, “And then Tim and I would go out to lunch and it would be a reality check for me.”

The surgery, too, came after two years of medical woes that included the removal of parts of his colon and esophagus.

But even after all of that, he gives so much….

The school is dedicating the refurbished basketball court inside Memorial Gym to him at halftime of the 4 p.m. Prairie Fire game against Lawrence  It’s simply called Heimann Court.

“It’s going to be long day,” Heimann said. “I am just trying to rest up so I can have as much energy as possible.”