Billy Franks Foundation - Unclassified

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Billy Franks Foundation
4853 Galaxy Parkway Suite K
Cleveland, Ohio 44128Phone: 216.210.5709

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About Billy Franks Foundation

Dear Potential Sponsor;
As a mother, the only true nightmare that any parent can experience is that your child will pass away before you.
I remember, prior to losing my own son; and watching the news… I would hear or see of these kinds of tragedies happening to someone else’s family. We would shake our head, say a little prayer and, sadly, we were relieved that it wasn’t happening to us.
We always feel bad when we hear of a tragedy, yet, it doesn’t really seem like real life and one would never ever think that it can happen to them or their family. In essence; all of us continue to go about our daily lives.
On September 7, 2016, everything changed. This became my real life. I now find myself being that “mother” on the news. I am her. We are that family.
My son, Billy, was in no way a model child or a perfect little angel. What we used to consider his “bad side”, was actually what made him so special.
Billy was sarcastic, he pushed people’s buttons and he dared you to notice him and what he was up to. Billy looked past what the rest of us would consider "Norms" and cared little about what people thought of him and his behavior.
We could always count on Billy to say out loud what the rest of us were thinking. He made you stop and think about what is right. Through his sarcasm, jokes and limit pushing, he became larger than life.
Billy was always doing for others and never looking for any credit. You would never see Billy trying to get credit for his inner kindness. It was just there.
Billy was the one who made the new kid feel special, the outcast feel accepted and the challenged kid feel needed. Billy was just the cool kid who made you laugh, made you cry and made you want to do a little better.
At my son's funeral, each classmate told us that no matter what kind of day they were having, Billy made them smile and wouldn’t stop until they did.
I had so many goals and dreams for my Son. It seems too, like he had his own....which were to Change the world a little, make them smile, and then head out, stage left.
What I have left is this platform for life that he has created. Billy set the stage for cool and funny kids, kids who are leaders with their peers; to do good things in his name.
Our goal is to continue bringing the Underdog into the spotlight and acknowledging our kids with special needs.
Although ours may not be the conventional scholarship, it is one that is much needed for too many kids.
Not every child can write a brilliant thousand-word essay. Not every child excels at sports. Not every child brings home a report card that should be displayed on the fridge. But look out for these kids! They think out of the box, they change the world and they make us better people.
Each year, our family is going to host a crazy celebration of Billy's life while making a difference to the kid that often that gets overlooked. These scholarships can be used to further education whether it be for a kid who wants to go to a Trade School, a University, or the kid that needs to continue learning and go to a Special Needs summer camp.
All proceeds from our Celebration will be used for annual scholarships for our underdog and forgotten kids.
Please help the Underdog while remembering everything Billy Franks stood for.....laughter, helping the underdog, mischief, and living life to its fullest.
Just like Billy; we aren't looking for fame or a "thank you".
We are only looking to keeping his memory alive by continuing his work…
Please help us help other kids with The Billy The Kid Scholarship Fund.
The Franks Family
All Donations can be sent to:
Billy Franks Scholarship Fund
c/o SHN, Inc.
4853 Galaxy Parkway, Suite K
Cleveland, OH 44128

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