Page's College Fund

$14,505 of $20k goal

Raised by 116 people in 11 months
Caroline Aiken
on behalf of Sarah Page Dukes
 ATHENS, GA
Sarah Page Dukes is my daughter.

If we all knew then what we know now, how differently would we fashion our lives and actions?

Page has been in prison for 9 years, since the age of 20.

She was addicted to heroin and in her withdrawal confusion and pain, she committed armed robbery at the Solstice Cafe (where she had previously worked. The manager would eventually write a very kind letter on Page's behalf, asking that Page be able to go into rehab and not prison). Thankfully, no one was injured.  She was arrested while walking down the street a week later on her way home. (she held a 4.0 even with the addiction)  

No one should ever do what she did. Not in the darkest of days. She needed to be where she wouldn't be a risk to herself or to someone else. Somewhere she could heal.
 
It was her first offense. Page was offered rehab instead of prison by Holly Hughes, the Fulton County ADA.  
Ms. Hughes said to me, Page's dad and the lawyer all together,  "She's a drug addict, not a criminal. No one got hurt. This is her first offense. She needs long term rehab."

Paul Howard, Fulton County DA, refused and Page was given a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

Judge Shoob said she thought the "sentence was extreme and didn't want to give (her) 10 years, but her hands were tied by the law". Mandatory Minimum sentencing.

Page's lawyer has been barred (2015) from practicing law ever again.

The Habeas Corpus Judge stepped down 4 days after denying Page a retrial (and a re-examining of the mantatory minimum sentencing and to seek the original offer of rehab) because of a legal mistep.

The Ga Superior Court refused to review her case. 

At every unspeakably frustrating left turn, she has kept her hopes up. Her spirit is unsinkable. She has never said "why me?".  We have healed together. Gratefulness and Forgiveness is key.

Before her addiction, she was a STAR student, graduating with the highest GPA in her class.
Her award-winning writings began at the age of 12 when she won first place in GA and third place nationally for her essay "Suddenly I turned Around And...", and her essay concerning addiction, called the Fear Of Feeling, was published in the 2010 Georgia Music Hall Of Fame's magazine.
She had a full HOPE scholarship to Ga State University, and was attending Georgia State University and working when she became addicted to heroin. 9 years later, the epidemic of heroin has hit the Atlanta area and nationally.  



While incarcerated, she has finished and obtained every certificate award  possible. She has taught GED lessons and aided the graduation of over 300 women. She has taken college courses through the mail and obtained a 4.0 GPA. She has just graduated from Theology Studies given by professors of Theology from Emory University.

Page sings and plays guitar and bass with the traveling prison choir, "Voices of Hope", which has performed at Gov. Deal's Inugural Breakfast, Emory University Chapel, and many other locations.  
Page received her certificate as a Vet Tech while attending the Dog Rehabilitation Program, finding many homes for dogs and learning about the diseases from licensed veterinarians. 
Page has been accepted into Brenau University and Piedmont University!!

Both are close to where she is, and we are waiting until she goes to the transitional center in June 2016 before we will know whether she can attend school part time, or full time, or whether she will have to wait until next year when she is completely released. They do not tell the families or the inmates anything. Learning to have restraint and patience is a must, and she takes that lesson from the prison into life and living. 
She is my Buddha, who has learned to exist in chaos, and still walk in peace, love and beauty.

Thank you, from me and from Page, for your support and concern over these years. You have been there with encouragement everytime I have posted the challenges, and with praise everytime I have posted her acheivements. You have asked me how can  you help her, what can you do for her? This is where she will begin to begin again. With your help. 
Thank you!
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Update 5
Posted by Caroline Aiken
6 months ago
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I have no formal music training, except for the cello back in elementary school! I will need a lot, though, to be a music therapist. This is my music teacher, Dr. Ringwall.
She lets me keep my guitar in her office.
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Update 4
Posted by Caroline Aiken
6 months ago
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This is my psychology professor, Dr. Vance. I aced my first test! :)
The duck is photobombing!
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Update 3
Posted by Caroline Aiken
6 months ago
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Hey guys... THANK YOU all so very much, from the deepest part of my heart. I am so humbled by all of the love and support you have shown me. I still feel like I need someone to pinch me every day when I come to school. I am so grateful to my mom, for inviting you all to help me start the next chapter of my life in such an awesome way... and to you, for believing in me and in my future. I am gonna make your investment count, I promise! I will post some pics soon, and I hope I get to thank you all in person one day.

Love and rockets,

Page
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Update 2
Posted by Caroline Aiken
6 months ago
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Hey everyone,

We wanted to give you an update on Page's progress and what your donations have already accomplished:

Page is in PIEDMONT COLLEGE!! Making A's, and is working as an assistant to the tutoring director!

Page is going to take over the site now, and as soon as she gets a minute, she will write you all herself.

It is a dream come true to see her so productive and moving forward in her studies and in her life.

You've helped her have an amazing start to her freedom. Thank you.

Caroline
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Lisa Ochsner Cowden
6 months ago
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You shine! You go! Love you Page!

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Judy Rose
6 months ago
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This makes me so happy. I have contributed to many Gofundme campaignes that have not much in happy endings, as yours Page!! You have such a wonderful mother and although I haven't seen her in many years- nor ever met you- she is my spirit sister who I hold in the highest. I'm so glad she has you to go through life with. When I come back to Georgia one day I hope to meet you! Many blessings to you and your Mom

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Marybeth Paul
6 months ago
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Thanks for sharing this fantastic news! Literally brings tears to my eyes. What a joy to be part of "the village", and for your invitation to help. Beautiful!

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Robert Feria
10 months ago
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It will all work out I'm sure. Page is super strong and super intelligent. I am so happy she is getting out soon!

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Rebecca Troon
10 months ago
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Congratulations! I am so excited for you both.

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Anita Brannon
10 months ago
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Page, you are a dear bright soul, we love you so much, and want to see you finish college, and just want to see you soon!

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Caroline Aiken
7 months ago

Hey all! Pages first day of school is TODAY at Piedmont College. You have paid for tuition, books and refurbished Dell Computer. Page hasn't been able to thank you all, as she can't have her computer at the transitional center, so she keeps it at school. She wants to thanks each one of you. Please send your mailing addy or your email or how ever youd like to hear from her. She wants to thank each one of you. Xo

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$14,505 of $20k goal

Raised by 116 people in 11 months
Created April 18, 2016
Caroline Aiken  
on behalf of Sarah Page Dukes
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Ada van Dijk
4 months ago

We keep thinking of you, Page. Jan and Ada

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Teresa Odom
5 months ago
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Scott Duncan
5 months ago

Quite the inspirational story. Keep working hard.

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Linda Bell
6 months ago
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Lisa Ochsner Cowden
6 months ago
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You shine! You go! Love you Page!

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Judy Rose
6 months ago
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This makes me so happy. I have contributed to many Gofundme campaignes that have not much in happy endings, as yours Page!! You have such a wonderful mother and although I haven't seen her in many years- nor ever met you- she is my spirit sister who I hold in the highest. I'm so glad she has you to go through life with. When I come back to Georgia one day I hope to meet you! Many blessings to you and your Mom

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Marybeth Paul
6 months ago
1
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Thanks for sharing this fantastic news! Literally brings tears to my eyes. What a joy to be part of "the village", and for your invitation to help. Beautiful!

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Robert Feria
10 months ago
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It will all work out I'm sure. Page is super strong and super intelligent. I am so happy she is getting out soon!

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Rebecca Troon
10 months ago
1
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Congratulations! I am so excited for you both.

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Anita Brannon
10 months ago
1
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Page, you are a dear bright soul, we love you so much, and want to see you finish college, and just want to see you soon!

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Caroline Aiken
7 months ago

Hey all! Pages first day of school is TODAY at Piedmont College. You have paid for tuition, books and refurbished Dell Computer. Page hasn't been able to thank you all, as she can't have her computer at the transitional center, so she keeps it at school. She wants to thanks each one of you. Please send your mailing addy or your email or how ever youd like to hear from her. She wants to thank each one of you. Xo

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