EDITOR: I enjoyed the recent article, "Tillis embraces status as stuttering star," about the recent concert in Wausau. The article mentioned that Tillis was laughed at as a child on account of his stuttering. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007; while an accomplished singer-songwriter, I wish to point out to readers that Tillis should also be inducted into a Philanthropy Hall of Fame.
Tillis has been open throughout the years about his stuttering. He has helped countless people confront their stuttering and has inspired many young people by showing them that success can be achieved despite stuttering. Furthermore, Mel Tillis has served as a spokesman for the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation, lending his time and his name to help kids struggling with this speech disorder. This nonprofit organization has an extensive global outreach to underdeveloped countries, so it is safe to say that Tillis' altruism has helped countless people around the world. The website of the Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org) is a wealth of free resources for people who stutter such as streaming videos, downloadable brochures, articles about celebrities who stutter and much more.
Iowa City, Ia.