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Cops Find Homeless College Student, Put Him in Motel and Help Him Raise $184,000 for College


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Police in Barnesville, Georgia found 19-year old Fred Barley in a tent at Gordon State College. He told them that he had ridden a borrowed child-sized bicycle for 6 hours to the college in order to register for his second semester of classes.

The police said that he couldn't stay there, but they paid for a motel room for him for 2 days. Then they set up a GoFundMe account on his behalf. As news of Barley's efforts spread, that account has so far raised $184,000 to support his college and career ambitions. He's also gained practical support as well, as KTLA 5 reports:

One supporter, Casey Blaney, partnered with the motel owner to pay for Barley’s stay until he can move into his dorm room, which the college is allowing him to do on Monday.

Debbie Adamson, the owner of a local pizzeria, gave Barley a job.

Barley is grateful and plans to put the support of his new friends to good use. He's majoring in biology and hopes to become a doctor.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Great story. Now think about this: if a student can get through medical school without incurring mountains of debt, he might be able to serve his community as a general practitioner. GPs are sorely needed, but don't pay as well as specialties.
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