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— The Willy Foundation

Thank you for visiting the homepage of The Willy Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was formed in August 2009, and it is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

The Foundation was born out of tragedy. On June 20, 2009, we lost our son, brother and best friend in an automobile crash. But, Willy Shuman was much more than the sum of those things. He was an inspiration to us every day of his life. His love of life, positivity, compassion and determination made those of us close to him better people. Willy loved nothing more than to smile, and to make other people smile. He was the spark of our family, and he is dearly missed.

Since 2009, we have strived to honor Willy but engaging in partnerships with various schools and charities that Willy held dear. Working together with Colonel Monty Warner (Ret.) and Lois H. Greene, the Foundation has supported the Willy Shuman Leadership Club, which provides opportunities for community service, mentorship and leadership for students at John Adams Middle School in conjunction with George Washington High School’s Junior ROTC program.

Further, the Foundation has supported the Troop 71 Eagle Scout Project, which resulted in an ongoing commitment and partnership to construct a nature trial behind George Washington High School for use by its athletes, the Junior ROTC program and the general public.

Finally, the Foundation has been active in schools throughout West Virginia in educating and advocating the use of seat belts to help prevent deadly accidents. Indeed, the Foundation has supported various governmental and civic programs to place reminders of seat belt use on city signage to increase awareness of this issue.

The Foundation also sponsors a tennis event each summer in order to both raise money for its’ charitable endeavors and to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for families.

If you want to learn more about the specific objectives of the Foundation, please click on the various links above. If you would like to contact us for any reason, we have provided contact information below.

We thank you again for visiting this website. We hope that in the future, you will visit us again as we strive to honor Willy and keep his joyous spirit with us always.

                                                                 James W. Shuman                      Jane H. Shuman
                                                                 J. Wilson Shuman, Jr.                 Grant P.H. Shuman
                                                                 Edward S. Shuman                     Jonathan S. Shuman

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