Thursday, March 19, 2009

Info about the Ian Tillman Foundation

The Ian Tillman Foundation is a great foundation. I pulled this info from their website. Check it out below... And a link to the website is at that bottom.

was incorporated in November 2005 as a Florida Non-Profit corporation. The Foundation is certified as a Public Charity under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) with Florida Tax Exemption Certification. Our core mission is brain injury prevention. We accomplish this mission by distributing safety helmets and educational materials throughout our local community. The Foundation educates young people and their families about the dangers and consequences of failing to wear safety gear, particularly helmets. The Foundation promotes safety and brain injury prevention to youngsters and adults engaged in any skating or cycling sport (skateboards, in-line skating, bicycling, and foot powered scooters). Our approach is simple and direct. If you pledge to wear a helmet when skating, the Foundation will give you one...FREE!

More Info About Ian Tillman

On the evening of May 16, 2005, Ian and several friends were skateboarding down Hercules Ave. in Clearwater, FL on a hill known locally as Cemetery Hill. As he was making his last run down the hill that evening his skateboard suddenly stopped and he was thrown headfirst onto the pavement. Ian was NOT wearing a safety helmet and as a result he suffered severe traumatic brain injuries. Ian never regained consciousness and died 10 days later on May 26, 2005. Our beloved son was 28 years old. When people hear Ian's story many ask with shock and disbelief "he died from falling off a skateboard"? We truly believe our son's death could have been prevented by simply choosing to wear a helmet.

Ian served our nation admirably as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp. He was very proud of his USMC service and received numerous honors, Meritorious Masts and Commendations.

Ian was a skater, a vibrant, fun-loving free spirit. He is gone, but will never be forgotten. Ian's memory will live on in our hearts, minds and souls forever.


Ian had a passion for humanity and helping others. Ian's family and friends understood this passion and his "pay it forward" attitude. We will forever miss him. It is our hope that through our tragic loss we can pass on Ian's passion for humanity by saving other families the pain that we have endured.


OCTOBER 26, 1976 TO MAY 26, 20