Cayden's College Fund

$5,175 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 216 people in 47 months
Britt Turner
on behalf of Sydney Shelton
 PHOENIX, AZ
My name is Brittany Turner, from Phoenix, AZ, I am his godmother and best friends to his mother, Sydney. It breaks my heart to see all of these negative posts that are surrounding the ones near and dear to my heart. As I'm sure many of you have seen or heard of this trending story by now, a little boy by the name of Cayden, has became a victim to heinous crimes known as racism and cyber bullying. A young child, only 3 years old, who doesn't even know how to tie his own shoes yet. I can't possibly understand what would make someone want to do this to a child, it's just truly disturbing.


Instead of continuing to shed light on all of the dark aspects of this horrible act, I would like to shed a lot of light onto the good things. This young man has a full life ahead of him. I wanted to create this for Cayden, simply for that reason alone. A few years down the road when he is much older and in school, he or someone else will be able to google his name (as we all have done a time or two) and find that hateful post.  




I do know that a few people have been reaching out about how they can support this family, so I took it upon myself to start a college fund in his name. To raise money to help this young man prevail in life, and to never have to worry about falling short. His mother didn't ask for any of this, and she surely didn't expect it. Here is a way for us to all gather together, and continue to support Cayden in our own various ways.

Thank you in advance.
Update: GoFundMe is asking for more information on myself. My name is Brittany Turner, and I am from Huntsville, AL but am currently residing in Phoenix, AZ due to work. Sydney, Cayden's mom, is my best friend. We met at Tuskegee University in 2007. Cayden, is my godson. I started this GoFundMe with the intentions of having a way for all of the loving supporters to donate to furthering the education of Cayden. People all over were asking how they could send him money for college and I figured that this was the best way of doing so, instead of giving out personal information. The funds are going to be directly deposited into Cayden's personal savings account.
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Thank you to everyone for their kind words, donations, and gifts. We cannot express our gratitude towards it all. As some of you might know, Cayden's birthday has recently passed and is overjoyed by the love he's received. You all have been pivotal in our efforts of spreading love. We sincerely appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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Thank you all for your continuous support! The love that Cayden has received in just over a week shows that there are truly some loving and caring people in the world. He may not be able to really thank you all now, but in the future the thanks he has will be large to each and every person who has helped along the way. Again, thank you all so much =)
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Again, I cannot express how appreciate we are for the love and support we have received. We want are happy knowing that we have a community there as passionate about fighting against cyber bullying and racism as we are. We continue to ask that you pray for Cayden, pray for Mr. Roth and associates, and continue to support us. We must do what we can to encourage and support our children. #hisnameiscayden
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Holly Rorke Green
47 months ago

From reading some of the comments on these gofundme pages... I have to say they should consider disabling comments unless the person actually contributed/paid money to the campaign. This makes it so people who really care about the campaign/issue can share their support for what they actually (money where their mouth is) care about instead of spreading hate for free because they can. If they really want to complain about a certain issue they should have to do it on their own social media platforms on their own time and with their own people.

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Rebekah Shutt
47 months ago
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I believe Justin is referring to the initial fb post that got all of this started. What Justin doesn't realize is that when a child goes to daycare, he spends most of that day playing, often outside if the weather permits. Children are messy, yet they have every right. Shaming someone for having a dirty shirt is just as sad as the initial perpetrator.

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Dianna Sewell Brown
47 months ago
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If she takes the $5000 and invests it, it will be a great start to his college... in fact, invested correctly, it could pay for a typical education. We don't need to cover the whole thing, this is just a nice gesture to show the sweet boy and his family that people care and don't condone the racist comments made in the initial post...

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Heather Clyne
47 months ago
3
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Given the average cost of education in the USA this fund should be trying to raise $50,000. See http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/student-finance/how-much-does-it-cost-study-us

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Kristi Whitaker Shorter
47 months ago
3
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Hey Justin Heilig- go troll elsewhere! This child is dressed nicely in clean clothes! Why are you even here?!? #HisNameIsCayden

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Shelly Roberts Lepresti
47 months ago
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He is well dressed,are you blind Justin?And what exactly does I a shame mean?Maybe you need the education.God bless you and your family Cayden..you rock!

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Ashleigh Fuller
34 months ago
1
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♥ I pray this little boy never finds out what happened. And anyone wanting to say anything about a messy shirt....I have three kids of my own. I dress them better than I dress myself. But guess what?! Two of three, almost every single day...will end up with sauce or marker or god knows what on their clothing! It is part of being a curious fun loving child. #hisnameiscayden

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Amanda McCall
47 months ago
1
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He's beautiful. And Sydney, you are a good mom. Your both lucky to have each other. Hugs and prayers to you and wishing you all the blessings in life.

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Kimberly Poole Tobin
47 months ago
1
1

Justin Heilig, I have just got to ask, what are you talking about and why must you do this here? You are pathetic!

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Devon Thayer
47 months ago
1
1

Justin you are something else. Get a life.

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Emily Sandstrom
38 months ago

Cayden, you and your incredible mom are proof of all that is good in the world. Thank you.

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Sharon Kaczorowski
46 months ago

One final comment. People who spew hate on sites like this are often looking for any kind of attention, negative or positive. I find it best to say the following and thane completely ignore them: "I find what you are saying deeply hurtful and offensive. Please desist.: I necessary, I may repeat is several times. Each time I have used this, the individual goes away.

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Sharon Kaczorowski
46 months ago

The most difficult challenge for me is trying to change the perspective of people so bigoted they victimize children. It was my pleasure to contribute to this beautiful child's future. I was a bullying victim myself, so of course my hear is with him. He has a wonderful future. Please tell him that that Ms. Sharon and Mr. Kacz thinks he rocks!

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June Rittmeyer
46 months ago

Let's keep the funding up. I'm sure we can surpass $5,000 for Cayden's education.

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Lewil Arvie-Shedd
47 months ago

i am sure we are all happy to contribite a little something to help such a beautiful young man, and his very strong mother. As the uncle to 4 black nieces and one nephew (in my profile photo) I am often angry and saddened by the bigotry I witness. The outpourong of support encourages me. The love shown by his mom brightens my day. I hope to someday stumble upon news of Cayden's graduation from college. (I'm partial to Oregon if you are looking for suggestions) All the best tomyour family.

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Sydney Jade
47 months ago

Good morning, everyone! This is Cayden's mom. I just want to express my gratitude to everyone who has donated and commented as well. All of your kind words absolutely warm my heart. You all, along with my family, have truly been our backbone of support every step of the way. I can't wait until Cayden is old enough to understand what all of this means, and when he can greatly appreciate you all just like I do. I am proud to be the face of change, and I don't think we could have ever done this without the support that we have received over this past week. Again, I want to thank everyone for ALL of your support during this time. We love you all! #HisNameIsCayden Sydney & Cayden

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Ruthie Ru
47 months ago

Thank you everyone for your kindness I have to share I'm a proud Auntie the kind sayings are heartfelt the generosity is overwhelming it just shows that God is Good and good is better than evil. Thank you Thank you Thank you I can't say it enough

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Nadia Ham
47 months ago

I will definitely be doing my part in supporting you and Cayden! Here's to hoping that little Cayden dude has an awesome future!

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Sean Scott
47 months ago

All these negative comments are unnecessary. I mean seriously! This isn't the place. Go find a different platform.

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Nicole Townend
47 months ago

Hey @JustinHeilig we'll make sure you lose your job too, idiot. You aren't any better than anyone!! Get that through your head.

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Raised by 216 people in 47 months
Created October 4, 2015
Britt Turner
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$50
Jasmine Strader
38 months ago
$25
Amber Palmier
38 months ago
$25
Jeanne K. Ohl
38 months ago
1
1

best wishes to Cayden and family.

$25
Morgen S Daily
38 months ago
1
1
ES
$50
Emily Sandstrom
38 months ago
$90
Anonymous
41 months ago
KB
$10
Katherine Brown
44 months ago

Your son is beautiful! I wish you both joy today and in the future.

$15
Anonymous
45 months ago
$10
ElizabethElizabeth Jiménez-Bure
45 months ago

Dear Cayden & Mom, You are stunningly beautiful and you deserve nothing but respect. And can I just say, way to go Mom for the messages of LOVE and gratitude & grasping onto the positive amidst UGLINESS. You restore my faith in humanity. This little $10 is my vote for good to triumph. Blessings be POURED upon your lives! #hisnameisCayden #CaydentheCute #gapkidsneedsCaydenonthewindow #youdontgetanycuterthanCayden #Caydensmomismynewhero

$25
Kelley Hardison
46 months ago

To my little cousin...I know his name is Cayden!!

Holly Rorke Green
47 months ago

From reading some of the comments on these gofundme pages... I have to say they should consider disabling comments unless the person actually contributed/paid money to the campaign. This makes it so people who really care about the campaign/issue can share their support for what they actually (money where their mouth is) care about instead of spreading hate for free because they can. If they really want to complain about a certain issue they should have to do it on their own social media platforms on their own time and with their own people.

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Rebekah Shutt
47 months ago
5
5

I believe Justin is referring to the initial fb post that got all of this started. What Justin doesn't realize is that when a child goes to daycare, he spends most of that day playing, often outside if the weather permits. Children are messy, yet they have every right. Shaming someone for having a dirty shirt is just as sad as the initial perpetrator.

+ Read More
Dianna Sewell Brown
47 months ago
4
4

If she takes the $5000 and invests it, it will be a great start to his college... in fact, invested correctly, it could pay for a typical education. We don't need to cover the whole thing, this is just a nice gesture to show the sweet boy and his family that people care and don't condone the racist comments made in the initial post...

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Heather Clyne
47 months ago
3
3

Given the average cost of education in the USA this fund should be trying to raise $50,000. See http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/student-finance/how-much-does-it-cost-study-us

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Kristi Whitaker Shorter
47 months ago
3
3

Hey Justin Heilig- go troll elsewhere! This child is dressed nicely in clean clothes! Why are you even here?!? #HisNameIsCayden

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Shelly Roberts Lepresti
47 months ago
2
2

He is well dressed,are you blind Justin?And what exactly does I a shame mean?Maybe you need the education.God bless you and your family Cayden..you rock!

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Ashleigh Fuller
34 months ago
1
1

♥ I pray this little boy never finds out what happened. And anyone wanting to say anything about a messy shirt....I have three kids of my own. I dress them better than I dress myself. But guess what?! Two of three, almost every single day...will end up with sauce or marker or god knows what on their clothing! It is part of being a curious fun loving child. #hisnameiscayden

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Amanda McCall
47 months ago
1
1

He's beautiful. And Sydney, you are a good mom. Your both lucky to have each other. Hugs and prayers to you and wishing you all the blessings in life.

+ Read More
Kimberly Poole Tobin
47 months ago
1
1

Justin Heilig, I have just got to ask, what are you talking about and why must you do this here? You are pathetic!

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Devon Thayer
47 months ago
1
1

Justin you are something else. Get a life.

+ Read More
Emily Sandstrom
38 months ago

Cayden, you and your incredible mom are proof of all that is good in the world. Thank you.

+ Read More
Sharon Kaczorowski
46 months ago

One final comment. People who spew hate on sites like this are often looking for any kind of attention, negative or positive. I find it best to say the following and thane completely ignore them: "I find what you are saying deeply hurtful and offensive. Please desist.: I necessary, I may repeat is several times. Each time I have used this, the individual goes away.

+ Read More
Sharon Kaczorowski
46 months ago

The most difficult challenge for me is trying to change the perspective of people so bigoted they victimize children. It was my pleasure to contribute to this beautiful child's future. I was a bullying victim myself, so of course my hear is with him. He has a wonderful future. Please tell him that that Ms. Sharon and Mr. Kacz thinks he rocks!

+ Read More
June Rittmeyer
46 months ago

Let's keep the funding up. I'm sure we can surpass $5,000 for Cayden's education.

+ Read More
Lewil Arvie-Shedd
47 months ago

i am sure we are all happy to contribite a little something to help such a beautiful young man, and his very strong mother. As the uncle to 4 black nieces and one nephew (in my profile photo) I am often angry and saddened by the bigotry I witness. The outpourong of support encourages me. The love shown by his mom brightens my day. I hope to someday stumble upon news of Cayden's graduation from college. (I'm partial to Oregon if you are looking for suggestions) All the best tomyour family.

+ Read More
Sydney Jade
47 months ago

Good morning, everyone! This is Cayden's mom. I just want to express my gratitude to everyone who has donated and commented as well. All of your kind words absolutely warm my heart. You all, along with my family, have truly been our backbone of support every step of the way. I can't wait until Cayden is old enough to understand what all of this means, and when he can greatly appreciate you all just like I do. I am proud to be the face of change, and I don't think we could have ever done this without the support that we have received over this past week. Again, I want to thank everyone for ALL of your support during this time. We love you all! #HisNameIsCayden Sydney & Cayden

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Ruthie Ru
47 months ago

Thank you everyone for your kindness I have to share I'm a proud Auntie the kind sayings are heartfelt the generosity is overwhelming it just shows that God is Good and good is better than evil. Thank you Thank you Thank you I can't say it enough

+ Read More
Nadia Ham
47 months ago

I will definitely be doing my part in supporting you and Cayden! Here's to hoping that little Cayden dude has an awesome future!

+ Read More
Sean Scott
47 months ago

All these negative comments are unnecessary. I mean seriously! This isn't the place. Go find a different platform.

+ Read More
Nicole Townend
47 months ago

Hey @JustinHeilig we'll make sure you lose your job too, idiot. You aren't any better than anyone!! Get that through your head.

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