Mary Kathleen Wilkins Education Fund

For: Mary Kathleen Wilkins
Organizer: The Wilkins and Markey Families
Mary Kathleen Wilkins Education Fund (Mary Kathleen Wilkins)
$21,787
of $199,999 goal.
Raised by 198 donors
10% Complete

The Story

Mary Kathleen lost both her parents on Aug 13, 2014-- at the age of 14. Now, her family and friends are stepping in to help her in an important way by preparing for her future. You can support her high school and college education by donating now.

We've got a lofty goal. That's because education is expensive. For example, average price of a national public university tuition will be $119,000 by the time she graduates in 2021, according to The College Board "Trends in College Pricing" 2010.

Donations can be made electronically directly through this site where progress on her goal can be shared publicly. However, you may also mail a check directly. Make checks payable "Mary Kathleen Wilkins c/o Richard Markey" with a designation to "scholarship fund account" in the memo section. Mail to:

Associated Credit Union
4895 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30092-3024

All of the funds will go to her education expenses: tuition, housing and supplies. If you have any questions about this fundraiser, contact Drew Wilkins using the button below.

Thank you.

The Wilkins and Markey Families

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 9, 2014

Posted on September 9, 2014

Thank you for the outpouring of donations and thoughtful words as the wounds heal since the tragedy occurred. By way of an update, Mary Kathleen is doing amazingly well given the circumstances. She is a very strong young woman.

Decisions have now been made as to her residence and guardianship. This has been a complex issue since her school and home have been in the Atlanta area, but most of her family do not. Thus far, she has been staying with friends and family.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services demanded immediate decisions be made on Mary Kathleen's care. As of Sept. 4th, she is a resident of Naperville, Illinois and is under the supervision of her Uncle Shaun and Aunt Gerri. We anticipate it to be a wonderful environment, but the change was large and abrupt. Please pray for Mary Kathleen's transition into her new environment as she begins her journey without her parents.

Finally, we want to recognize the Blessed Trinity High School community who showered a tremendous amount of love, support, prayers, and dedication to ensuring Mary Kathleen will not walk alone in her loneliness.

Peace be with you all.

Richard Markey
Uncle of Mary Kathleen Wilkins


Posted on August 20, 2014

Posted on August 20, 2014

Your support has been overwhelming. Thank you.

Posted on August 18, 2014

Posted on August 18, 2014

In the first day, Mary Kathleen's education fundraiser has raised over $1000 and been shared 65 times in social media. Thank you everyone for your support and for letting Mary Kathleen know that you are there for her!

Please pass the word along. It means everything.

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