Shumaker family moving forward

Hugs and smiles from community members follow Amanda Shumaker and her daughters everywhere they go.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 6, 2012


The outpouring of love and support through the past month has given Amanda and her daughters, Madison and Kaitlynn, strength through what Amanda calls a nightmare.

On June 16, John Shumaker and Madison, heading home after a rained-out softball game in Ravenna, were hit by a truck driven by Steven Paul Spencer, who police say was under the influence of drugs.

In John’s last seconds, he threw a protective arm over Madison, which saved her life.

“Reality is becoming more prominent,” Amanda said quietly.

The daily messages of encouragement and concern about how she and the girls are doing keep Amanda from staying under the covers most of the day.

“I just take it day by day,” she said, her voice wavering. “It’s all I can do.”

The girls have continued playing with their softball family on the field with practice and games, even as they miss their coach in the dugout cheering them on.

“He’s with us all the time,” Amanda said.

In October, John’s Gentex co-workers will host the first John D. Shumaker Benefit Softball Tournament.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




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