Dee the Fat Whale Saves the Whales

$11,440 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 338 people in 24 months
De McMillan
on behalf of William Mcmillan
 LAMPASAS, TX
My name is Dannie Mcmillan, known to my friends as Dee. I am Junior in high school Lampasas High in Lampasas, Tx.
   I was recently a victim of cyberbullying. Someone at my school made a fake Twitter profile with the username fatwhaledee. They put their name as Dee's a fat whale. They took my powerlifting sports team picture and photo shopped a whale over my face. After making the page they started following people from my school, with each follow another person was notified of this page.
   At first I had no clue, it started with wierd looks in the hallways and people giggling behind my back. Then my friends started sending me screenshots of the page so I would know. It was awful, the shame and embarresment I felt. I left school right away and went home where I locked myself in my room and cried for hours. I stayed at home watching the follows grow for three days.
   I was destroyed but with the help of my sister, my friends, and plus size model Laura Lee I decided to embrace it and turn this horrifying thing into something beautiful. We are starting to raise money to help whales. Therefore the name "Dee the Fat Whale saves the Whales." 
   All of the money raised will be donated to Save the Whales an operation founded in 1977 to save endangered whales such as the Vaquita, educate children and people on whales and how to protect them, as well as campaigning against captivity of Orcas. I have requested however that all of the funds raised by my group be used to help protect the endangered whales.
   This project means so much to me because while I can help make a difference in the oceans I can also set an example for other victims of bullying. I can take someone's hate and use it to spread love. Overcoming things like this is not easy but people need to know that it is possible and they have support. 
   
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All of your support is so wonderfull. Thank you for helping me through this.
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Having a good time in Louisiana with my band. So grateful to everyone for keeping my spirits high.
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Hey guys I love your support and encourage continuous messages woth your stories, however I ask that no one else contact me for media coverage. It is all very over whelming
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Completely unrelated but look at this baby alligator.
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Kelly Conway
23 months ago
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You are a strong woman. I wanted to congratulate you on having the strength to stand up for yourself while helping a cause. When I was growing up I was bullied through social media and was referred to as “Big Fat Whale”. Taking ownership of the insult allowed me to take back control and gain self confidence. People who bully struggle with their own insecurities; Instead of improving upon their own deficits they seek out others to belittle in hopes to make themselves feel better. Generally they pick on people who embody traits that they lack but wish they could have. (EX funny, confident, intelligent, etc) It is not an excuse nor should ever be tolerated. Your strength against this adversity is inspiring. Please remember this quote if you ever find yourself struggling. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Have a great day! -Kelly

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Kelly Coyne
23 months ago
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Your a beautiful girl, I was teased all through my school years, just because I was in special education and it wasn't my fault. I had back surgery at the age of 11 and I was behind in school, because I was out for almost 3 years in a full body cast. I got a tutor, but it wasn't enough for my school students, they called me different, whale monster and everything under the sun, name calling got to me, I end up quiting school in my last year, 4 months left on my senior year and overdose on pink and white diet pills. I took the whole box, they pumped my stomach out, this was in 1983. I have a few friends that live out of state in fb that helps me overcome what I have been through, and family. Can I be your friend? We can all be whales! God bless you Dee. Your a super strong person and you are not fat. We are called beautiful inside and out.

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Amy Smith
23 months ago
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You are such a brave and beautiful girl. People are cruel sometimes but always remember that there's something wrong with them not you...confident people don't tear others down. You're going to do great things lovie....keep your head held high!

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Débora Mattos
23 months ago
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Fiquei impressionada com você garota!! Isso foi brilhante!! Parabéns por enfrentar as coisas de maneira tão sensata e madura, você com certeza servirá de exemplo para pessoas ao seu redor e de lugares longínquos, sua história já chegou no Brasil não é mesmo? haha Você será conhecida pelas futuras gerações e admirada, pois pessoas como você deixam um legado de cair o queixo, incentivando outras pessoas à fazerem o mesmo. Um grande abraço ♥

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Cory Treadway
23 months ago
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Lady, you kick ass!

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Patricia Woodward
23 months ago
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You are awesome!!! Love how you are flipping their game! Keep looking forward. Today is always temporary. Tomorrow is anything you make it! I expect you will have many exceptional tomorrows!! Love you!

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Tonya Breen
23 months ago
1
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I was bullied like this. I'm pretty sure whale was one of the many names I heard in school. I also volunteer in animal rights, as an adult. You, my dear, are going to be light years ahead of all of us survivors of bullying in finding your strength & inner voice. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.

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Channon Kelly
23 months ago
1
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Have you heard that'sea world is ending there orca whale breeding program? This should be added to your campaign. Save the whales

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Sharon Cottrell
23 months ago
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You are an inspiration.people are so mean and hateful and you showed them who the brighter and smartest one is.

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Jen McCabe
23 months ago
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Way to stand tall and prove that you are so much better than those who chose to bully you!

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Corrina Yamamoto
23 months ago
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I wish I'd had the creativity and strength that you had when girls called me "whale" in school. I hope many big girls see this story and are inspired by your bravery. Way to make a difference and stick it to the haters!!

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Lisa Hayes Dunlap
23 months ago
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I'm fat and people are cruel. I'm delighted you found a way to turn it around.

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Barbara Kane
23 months ago
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I'm a mom in Killeen, and have teenage sons. I'm so proud of you for turning this awful situation around, and the good you're doing. I just saw how much money you've raised! You're amazing!

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Dee Rutherford
11 months ago

Hi my name is Dee! When I saw the story on Facebook I instantly connected with it . I have been called fat and many more things . I love how you turned a negative into a positive !

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Mags Denizkizi
11 months ago

You're amazing. Bullying and my weight led to self harm and eating disorders which almost killed me. Wish I would have done something this cool with the hurt

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Rose Ann Klyczek Brisske
20 months ago

Way to make lemonade cutie. More power to you!!!

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Brittany Bledsoe-Stipp
20 months ago

You are AMAZING! I have always struggled with my weight but was never plus size until last year when I got pregnant with my daughter. This just makes me know I need to be confident in my own skin. Anyways, I'm sorry you have been teased. The crazy thing is, I have learned so many times in life that those that say hurtful thongs about others... Are the most insecure of us all. Way to turn a really sad situation into something beautiful!

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Susan Peck
20 months ago

Congrats on being the bigger and better person. You're an awesome person THAT is what truly counts.

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Courtney Law
20 months ago

You go Dee! You are positive world changer! Those punks at your school are just trying to distract themselves from their own internal junk by fixating on you. Way to rise way way way above and show the world what a strong woman does in the face of hate.

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Peggy Coyle
23 months ago

Dee, is it possible to order tshirts again? There are folks who have seen mine and want to order one. Thanks!

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Raised by 338 people in 24 months
Created February 26, 2016
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Jocelyn Raquepau
11 months ago

Dee, you are wonderful just the way you are. Thank you for showing us how to turn around bullying with style.

$25
Carol Becker
11 months ago
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Thank you for your courage and compassion. You are not alone <3

$10
Liz Reinhardt
11 months ago

As someone who was bullied pre-internet days, I always thought the internet made it so much worse for kids now. Thank you for showing how the internet can empower those that are victims of bullying to use it as an empowerment tool - and for making a difference! You rock!!!

HW
$20
Hannah Wallner
11 months ago

From one fat whale to another. Never let anyone stop you, or make you feel like less than you are.

$25
Suzanne Brown
17 months ago

You go girl!!!!

$10
Anonymous
20 months ago
Kelly Conway
23 months ago
6
6

You are a strong woman. I wanted to congratulate you on having the strength to stand up for yourself while helping a cause. When I was growing up I was bullied through social media and was referred to as “Big Fat Whale”. Taking ownership of the insult allowed me to take back control and gain self confidence. People who bully struggle with their own insecurities; Instead of improving upon their own deficits they seek out others to belittle in hopes to make themselves feel better. Generally they pick on people who embody traits that they lack but wish they could have. (EX funny, confident, intelligent, etc) It is not an excuse nor should ever be tolerated. Your strength against this adversity is inspiring. Please remember this quote if you ever find yourself struggling. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Have a great day! -Kelly

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Kelly Coyne
23 months ago
3
3

Your a beautiful girl, I was teased all through my school years, just because I was in special education and it wasn't my fault. I had back surgery at the age of 11 and I was behind in school, because I was out for almost 3 years in a full body cast. I got a tutor, but it wasn't enough for my school students, they called me different, whale monster and everything under the sun, name calling got to me, I end up quiting school in my last year, 4 months left on my senior year and overdose on pink and white diet pills. I took the whole box, they pumped my stomach out, this was in 1983. I have a few friends that live out of state in fb that helps me overcome what I have been through, and family. Can I be your friend? We can all be whales! God bless you Dee. Your a super strong person and you are not fat. We are called beautiful inside and out.

+ Read More
Amy Smith
23 months ago
3
3

You are such a brave and beautiful girl. People are cruel sometimes but always remember that there's something wrong with them not you...confident people don't tear others down. You're going to do great things lovie....keep your head held high!

+ Read More
Débora Mattos
23 months ago
2
2

Fiquei impressionada com você garota!! Isso foi brilhante!! Parabéns por enfrentar as coisas de maneira tão sensata e madura, você com certeza servirá de exemplo para pessoas ao seu redor e de lugares longínquos, sua história já chegou no Brasil não é mesmo? haha Você será conhecida pelas futuras gerações e admirada, pois pessoas como você deixam um legado de cair o queixo, incentivando outras pessoas à fazerem o mesmo. Um grande abraço ♥

+ Read More
Cory Treadway
23 months ago
1
1

Lady, you kick ass!

+ Read More
Patricia Woodward
23 months ago
1
1

You are awesome!!! Love how you are flipping their game! Keep looking forward. Today is always temporary. Tomorrow is anything you make it! I expect you will have many exceptional tomorrows!! Love you!

+ Read More
Tonya Breen
23 months ago
1
1

I was bullied like this. I'm pretty sure whale was one of the many names I heard in school. I also volunteer in animal rights, as an adult. You, my dear, are going to be light years ahead of all of us survivors of bullying in finding your strength & inner voice. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.

+ Read More
Channon Kelly
23 months ago
1
1

Have you heard that'sea world is ending there orca whale breeding program? This should be added to your campaign. Save the whales

+ Read More
Sharon Cottrell
23 months ago
1
1

You are an inspiration.people are so mean and hateful and you showed them who the brighter and smartest one is.

+ Read More
Jen McCabe
23 months ago
1
1

Way to stand tall and prove that you are so much better than those who chose to bully you!

+ Read More
Corrina Yamamoto
23 months ago
1
1

I wish I'd had the creativity and strength that you had when girls called me "whale" in school. I hope many big girls see this story and are inspired by your bravery. Way to make a difference and stick it to the haters!!

+ Read More
Lisa Hayes Dunlap
23 months ago
1
1

I'm fat and people are cruel. I'm delighted you found a way to turn it around.

+ Read More
Barbara Kane
23 months ago
1
1

I'm a mom in Killeen, and have teenage sons. I'm so proud of you for turning this awful situation around, and the good you're doing. I just saw how much money you've raised! You're amazing!

+ Read More
Dee Rutherford
11 months ago

Hi my name is Dee! When I saw the story on Facebook I instantly connected with it . I have been called fat and many more things . I love how you turned a negative into a positive !

+ Read More
Mags Denizkizi
11 months ago

You're amazing. Bullying and my weight led to self harm and eating disorders which almost killed me. Wish I would have done something this cool with the hurt

+ Read More
Rose Ann Klyczek Brisske
20 months ago

Way to make lemonade cutie. More power to you!!!

+ Read More
Brittany Bledsoe-Stipp
20 months ago

You are AMAZING! I have always struggled with my weight but was never plus size until last year when I got pregnant with my daughter. This just makes me know I need to be confident in my own skin. Anyways, I'm sorry you have been teased. The crazy thing is, I have learned so many times in life that those that say hurtful thongs about others... Are the most insecure of us all. Way to turn a really sad situation into something beautiful!

+ Read More
Susan Peck
20 months ago

Congrats on being the bigger and better person. You're an awesome person THAT is what truly counts.

+ Read More
Courtney Law
20 months ago

You go Dee! You are positive world changer! Those punks at your school are just trying to distract themselves from their own internal junk by fixating on you. Way to rise way way way above and show the world what a strong woman does in the face of hate.

+ Read More
Peggy Coyle
23 months ago

Dee, is it possible to order tshirts again? There are folks who have seen mine and want to order one. Thanks!

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