The Hero:

Sergeant Joseph Lilly deployed to Iraq in 2009 and on his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was injured in combat operations on June 12, 2012.

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The Recipient:

Through the generosity of our corporate sponsors and individual sponsors, Alex Lilly will receive a future-use college scholarship intended to cover the entire unmet need of his college tuition and expenses.

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The Ride:

The Willis Foundation held its 16th annual Warrior Ride September 10-12, when more than 20 cyclists rode over 200 miles in three days to raise funds for our 2021 Scholarship Recipient.

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Which Rider will raise the most money this year? Keep a close eye on the Rider Tracker to make sure your Rider doesn't fall behind in donations! Make a quick donation here to put your Rider in the lead!

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Our Mission

Chris-CemeteryThe Willis Foundation is committed to supporting the men and women of our armed services by providing “Great Rewards for Great Warriors.”

The primary mission of the Willis Foundation is to fund college scholarships for children whose United States Armed Services parent was killed or permanently disabled in a combat zone.

These children have also made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Who We Are

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The Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 2004 in memory and in honor of a beloved son, brother, friend, and proud Marine.

The Willis Law firm donates all salaries and employee expenses to run the Foundation to ensure that public donations are directed towards the college scholarship fund for children of American Heroes.

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"Freedom isn't Free."


2017 Recipient
Kaiden VanSlyke

Our uniformed men and women believe in and defend this statement on a daily basis.

Our brother, son, and friend-Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis-was the embodiment of military spirit and dedication, and we aim to preserve his memory by providing college scholarships to children whose parent was killed or permanently disabled in a combat zone.

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Thank you for your service, past, present and future!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
-John 15:13
Willis Law, a Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Law Firm, donates a portion of their revenue to the Corporal Willis Foundation.

Willis Law, a Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Law Firm, donates a portion of their revenue to the Corporal Willis Foundation.

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Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation