Homeless Teen Who Biked To College Will Be Able To Keep $184K Raised
A 19-year-old, Fred Barley, homeless teen who biked more than 6 hours to get to his college campus weeks before the school opened for his second semester.
Officers found the teen sleeping in a tent over the weekend outside a local college. Instead of giving him a ticket for trespassing, the officers listened to his story – and that’s where this amazing story begins.
Fred Barley, a homeless college student, told the officers he had ridden his little brother’s bike six hours from Conyers to Barnesville to register for classes for his second semester of college. He had two duffel bags carrying all he owned and 2 gallons of water as he rode through the heat of a Georgia summer.
Problem is, the Gordon State College campus dorms don’t open until August, so Barley pitched a tent in some bushes on campus and prepared to spend the next few weeks there, with nothing more than a box of cereal to eat.
The biology major, who dreams of going to medical school one day, told the officers he thought the bushes on campus would be a much safer place for him to sleep than staying in his tent in Conyers.
The GoFundMe page started by local woman, Casey Blaney, to help the teen through college and medical school reached over $178k in just 4 days and ultimately ended at over $184k:
Blainey reportedly later started to “doubt” Fred’s story and refused to give him the funds because she wanted to control the money as opposed to giving power to his advisory board and lawyers. We are now happy to report that Fred finally has his money to pursue his educational journey…