About Us

The Wes Attebury Foundation is a great way to honor the late Wes Attebury and also raise money for other local victims of Melanoma Skin Cancer.  In 2007 Wes lost his battle with Melanoma.  His faith and fight during his battle touched the entire Westside of Evansville, IN.  Following Wes’s death, a group of individuals came together to form The Wes Attebury Foundation.  The foundation is a way to always keep Wes’s name alive, help other individuals, and bring Melanoma awareness to the community.

Wesley James Attebury was an amazing person.  He loved life and wanted others to do the same.  Wes was someone who had never met a stranger.  In his earlier years, Wes touched many people with his athletic abilities.  He was an amazing basketball player and was skilled enough to play at the college level.  Wes was an All-American at Olney Central Junior College.  After playing at Olney, Wes took his talents to the University of Southern Indiana where he continued his basketball success.  In 2004, Wes was aware of an odd looking area on his skin and decided to get it checked out.  It was confirmed that Wes had Melanoma Skin Cancer and it had spread to his lymph nodes.  After a year of continuous medical shots, Wes had beat Melanoma and was on his way to a full recovery.  Wes was soon found in the gym again playing basketball, softball, wiffleball, lifting weights, and working on his golf game.   But Wes would have been most proud of being found in the church.  Through his first fight with Melanoma, Wes developed a very strong relationship with the Lord.  The same passion he had found in sports, he had found in GOD.  Wes was so excited about his faith, and he wanted everybody to share the same excitement.  He never missed an opportunity to spread the good word about the Lord.

A couple of years had passed by and Wes started getting a pain in his lower back.  His job required much lifting so everyone around him thought it was a pulled muscle or had a slipped disc.  After getting some tests done, it was confirmed that the Melanoma had surfaced again and his lower back pain was from a tumor.  The Melanoma Skin Cancer had spread throughout.  Wes decided to turn everything to GOD.  He did not become sad or angry.  He did not blame anybody or ask why me.  Instead, Wes saw this situation as a great opportunity to bring people closer to the Lord.  Throughout Wes’s entire fight he never complained and always stayed positive.  Before Wes passed away, he was able to hold his new born son one last time before leaving for Louisville to continue his fight with Melanoma.  Wes was a HERO to the entire Evansville community.  He touched hundreds of people’s lives and helped bring them closer to the Lord.  Wes will always be missed and forever in our hearts. We want to always keep Wes’s name alive, so that others can be blessed and encouraged by hearing his story.

The Wes Attebury Foundation’s presence continues to growth with each year.  The foundation’s main fundraiser is called The Weekend for Wes. Every year in May since 2007, people from the Evansville community come together to celebrate the life of Wes and raise money for other local victims of Melanoma with a golf scramble at Helfrich Hill Golf Course.  Through this fundraiser, The Wes Attebury Foundation has been able to raise thousands of dollars and help several local people who are fighting Melanoma.  The Wes Attebury Foundation wants to continue to grow and hopes to reach a new audience with Wes’s message and story so that it lives on in a younger generation who maybe never had a chance to meet or know Wes.

The Wes Attebury Foundation is a great way to bring awareness of Melanoma to the community of Evansville.  Each year we want people to become educated on melanoma.  We want individuals to follow the steps in leading a healthy life.  At the scramble each year, The Wes Attebury Foundation will hand out sunscreen and informative brochures on Melanoma skin cancer.  The foundation wants people to know what Melanoma is and what steps they can take to beat the beast.

With your help, The Wes Attebury Foundation will continue to grow and bless other victims of Melanoma.  It is a great way to remember Wes, raise money to fight the beast, and educate the community about Melanoma.

If you would like to support the Wes Attebury Foundation, you may send checks to The Wes Attebury Foundation 5100 Melody Lane Evansville, IN 47720.  Feel free to include your personalized message of support to the Attebury family.




  2. My wife johnna Halsrud passed away from Melonoma in August I am going to do something to keep her memory alive she left four kids and myself. She was only thirty. She NEVER complained or whined one time she was only worried about myself and kids. Reading ur story was helpful thank you

    • Hate to hear that Philip. Glad you found our story helpful. Let us know if you need us to help in any way.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: