Disabled Boy Robbed of Fundraising Money Receives $25,000
Last week, 12-year-old Nolan Turner was robbed of the $250 he raised as a fundraising effort to organize a wheelchair basketball camp at his middle school.
Turner, who has spina bifida, wanted to raise $1,000 before this setback. Lucky for him, when the Charlotte Observer wrote about the incident, donations started pouring in.
Ken Turner, Nolan’s father set up a GoFundMe account. Within a week, they have received almost $25,000 in donations. “As I have told many people so far, we are simply overwhelmed with the positive response that we have gotten from everybody,” Ken wrote. “Nolan is so excited about the positive responses that he has been getting.”
With the fundraising success, the non-profit organization Bridge II Sports will also be able to fund a one-week Camp Carefree summer camp targeted to kids with disabilities.
“I’m happy that there are so many good people in the world and that they are helping my team,” Nolan tells the Today Show. “Junior Thunder is my favorite thing in my life. Playing wheelchair basketball lets me feel like a regular kid.”