Sponsor a Camper in Memory of Nicole

$39,030 of $45k goal

Raised by 323 people in 28 months
Carsen Russell   WHITESBORO, TX
In memory of Nicole Wilson, we're sponsoring a child to attend a summer session at Camp Sweeney that otherwise would not be able to come.

In less than 48 hours we were able to meet our goal of raising 3000 dollars for one child, our new goal of 6000 dollars, and surpassed our third goal of 9000 for three campers. This is an amazing and humbling thing to be a part of and we're raising the goal once again to 12,000 dollars. 

Nicole embodied the spirit of Camp Sweeney, her smile was contagious, her love for One Direction unmatched, and she was a joy in every life she touched. Her passing is a loss to the Sweeney family, but we believe she would want the community she so helped build to grow by getting even just one more camper to attend Camp Sweeney this summer.



The total cost of a three week session is 3,000 dollars. We would love to be able to completely cover the cost for one child to attend a summer session. Our first goal was just to get just even one child to Sweeney this summer but if we were able to help two or more children in honor of Nicole it would be amazing and a gret way to honor Nicole's memory. 

As well as raising money for another camper in Nicole's memory, her sister Kelly has started the nationwide hastag #SingForNicole, asking Nicole's favorite band to dedicate a song to her at their upcoming concert Nicole had to tickets to. You can see the local news story WFAA News 8 did on Nicole and Kelly here. Please help Nicole's dream come true by taking a moment to join the movement on Twitter by tweeting @onedirection or using the hashtag #SingForNicole. A fellow counselor, Andrew Gray, has written a BuzzFeed article (here) with more on Nicole and the #SingForNicole movement. 



Camp Sweeney is a camp in North Texas that has been dedicated to educating children with type one diabetes about their disease and how to live a healthy lifestyle for over 60 years. Another one of the main goals of Camp Sweeney is to build a community of kids with type one diabetes, enabling them to make life long friends who are able to support each other in the daily struggles a life with type one diabetes presents. Children age 5-18 with type one diabetes come from all over the country and world come every summer. For more information on Camp Sweeney you can visit thier website at www.campsweeney.org or contact me personally through this page. On behalf of the staff, campers and entire Sweeney Family thank you so much for your donation.
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Update 12
27 months ago
First session starts in 24 days, and we're almost 80% of the way to our goal. Keep sharing and donating to help get as many kids as possible there this summer.
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Update 11
27 months ago
A week ago we started this fundraiser, humbly hoping to sponsor one child, and met our goal within hours. Since then, we have raised enough money for 11 kids to attend Camp Sweeney this summer in memory of Nicole. It can't be said enough "” thank you. Thank you to those who have shared and spread the word, for those who have prayed for Nicole and her family, and for those of you who have donated. Even the smallest donation "” of time, money, prayer, thought "” is why we have been able to get where we are.

As we enter week two of fundraising, we are only 10,000 dollars away from our new goal of 45,000 dollars. Please continue to share, tweet, pray and donate so we can get 15 kids to camp this summer in memory of Nicole. Thank you all so much again, we couldn't do it without the support of every one of you.
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Update 10
28 months ago
With y'all's continued love and support and generosity, we have reached our goal of 30,000 dollars in memory of Nicole. Our original hope was to raise 3,000 dollars for just one camper and in less than a week we have raised ten times that amount. At request of the Wilson family the goal is being raised once again "” to 45,000 dollars. To anyone who has taken the time to share, tweet and donate in the past week, thank you so, so much.We can't say it enough. It is only through the community Nicole has gathered together that we are able to do this.
Yesterday, during Nicole's service a member of One Direction tweeted #SingForNicole and sent the band's condolences as well. Another Sweeney counselor has written a second Buzzfeed article about the #SingForNicole movement and what it can really be about "” Family. It's a family y'all have each become a part of in keeping her memory alive. As her sister said, "we will never stop singing for Nicole."
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Update 9
28 months ago
Thank you all so much for the support. We've raised 19,000+ dollars at this time, and thanks to everyone who came to the service for Nicole this morning, and had the Wilson family in your prayers. As Nicole's sister Kelly said this morning, we will never stop singing for Nicole.
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Sheila Simpson
28 months ago

planning on donation from our family's foundation..will be made directly to Camp Sweeney per IRS rules so glad everyone here is so supportive. My son attended Camp Sweeney with Nicole.

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Blake Wade
28 months ago

I am a former camper at Camp Sweeney with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 12. What a difficult time in my life that was. I have almost passed away twice since then from incredibly low blood sugars, so my heart broke this morning when i saw the news on WFAA. I wish the Wilson family all the best in this terrible time. Yet, know that sending your daughter to the Camp was probably one of her fondest sets of memories growing up as it was mine for so many years. God Bless!

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Toni Norville Meaderis
28 months ago

My son went to camp Sweeney for many years. It was a struggle to pay the tuition. However, I would not change a single ramon dinner because camp sweeney was/is the best. Any child that gets a chance to go is blessed. At camp sweeney the kids get to be kids, they learn how to manage their diabetes and the learn they find their not alone. my son is 20 now and still uses skills he learned at camp.

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$39,030 of $45k goal

Raised by 323 people in 28 months
Created May 5, 2014
TT
$5
Trey Tejml
14 months ago
$25
Anonymous
23 months ago
MS
$47
Matt Speer
24 months ago
RC
$100
Richard Campbell
24 months ago
JK
$50
Jake Kushner
24 months ago
MX
$200
Mike Xue
24 months ago
PM
$100
Paul & Mary von Mohr
25 months ago

God bless!

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MM
$25
Marie Miles
25 months ago

With deepest sympathy

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MM
$100
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Milton
26 months ago

In memory of Nicole Wilson, granddaughter of our special friends and neighbors, Fran and Tom Ryan.

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AR
$20
Anthony Ryan
27 months ago

In loving memory of our cousin's daughter, Nicole. Requiem aeternam ....

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Sheila Simpson
28 months ago

planning on donation from our family's foundation..will be made directly to Camp Sweeney per IRS rules so glad everyone here is so supportive. My son attended Camp Sweeney with Nicole.

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Blake Wade
28 months ago

I am a former camper at Camp Sweeney with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 12. What a difficult time in my life that was. I have almost passed away twice since then from incredibly low blood sugars, so my heart broke this morning when i saw the news on WFAA. I wish the Wilson family all the best in this terrible time. Yet, know that sending your daughter to the Camp was probably one of her fondest sets of memories growing up as it was mine for so many years. God Bless!

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Toni Norville Meaderis
28 months ago

My son went to camp Sweeney for many years. It was a struggle to pay the tuition. However, I would not change a single ramon dinner because camp sweeney was/is the best. Any child that gets a chance to go is blessed. At camp sweeney the kids get to be kids, they learn how to manage their diabetes and the learn they find their not alone. my son is 20 now and still uses skills he learned at camp.

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