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March 2014 - Big Helping Little

posted Mar 5, 2014, 4:25 AM by Bsa Troop341
Even though Eagle Scout Charlie Shuman will be graduating from high school this June, he continues to serve his community! Keep up the great work, Charlie!

Tuesday, March 4 2014, 08:20 PM EST

Mendon, N.Y. - Ask Maiya Colon to do the “Zombie face” and the 18 month old will open her mouth wide then squeal with delight. “She’s the only one who doesn’t know anything is going on,” said Maiya’s mom, Maria Colon, of Greece. Maiya has been diagnosed with a new type of GNAS mutation. “She grows extra bones in her skin, subcutaneous skin and connected muscles can turn into hardened bones,” Maria said. To help Maiya maintain mobility, Maria takes her to Lattimore Physical Therapy in Mendon. It was here she met Charlie Shuman. Shuman’s parents own Lattimore PT and through therapists there the offensive tackle for the Pittsford football team heard about Maiya. “I was like, ‘Alright, we have to do something because you can’t look at that face and not be like, yeah,’” Shuman said. Shuman, standing 6 ft. 7 inches, approached Maria and offered to help little Maiya. “I really have to say I really underestimated Charlie at first,” Maria said. Shuman started a fundraiser and began planning a benefit 5K and dance marathon. At this point, Shuman has raised more than $3,000 for Maiya’s family. “It’s more than I could have ever imagined,” Maria said. “It’s a beautiful gift and one we can hopefully give to someone else.” Shuman now plans transformation this campaign into a foundation called “Big Helping Little.” “I don’t know what it is, I love being in charge of stuff, making sure it’s done the right way,” Shuman said. Should you want to donate, you can visit

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