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Gay athlete in dispute with parents stops taking donations

"Thank you to everyone who showed their love and support"

November 20, 2018 - 3:00 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A college athlete who says she was cut off by her parents when they found out she is gay has stopped accepting online donations, saying she's received more than anyone expected.

Emily Scheck, of Webster, New York, announced the decision and thanked her supporters in a statement released through Canisius College on Tuesday. GoFundMe donors pledged $100,000 for the 19-year-old after Outsports.com reported Scheck's financial struggles since losing her parents' support.

Scheck's father told The Buffalo News there's more to the story. Timothy Scheck says the family was only trying to get Scheck to return home. He says he accepts her sexual orientation.

Scheck, who is on the cross-country team at the Buffalo college, says her parents cut off contact in August after her mother found a picture of Scheck and a girlfriend.


Earlier today (Tuesday, Nov. 20), Canisius sophomore Emily Scheck made the decision to stop receiving donations to her GoFundMe page. Below is Emily’s official statement for the media. She has chosen to decline any further media inquires at this time.

“Thank you to everyone who showed their love and support in this difficult time. The positive outreach has been unbelievable. I never expected this amount of support. I have chosen to stop accepting online donations because what has been given is more than anyone could have expected. Donating to LGBT organizations is a great way to continue to show support and can help many other people who may be struggling in similar situations. Grace [Hausladen, the GoFundMe page organizer] and I will continue to run while pursuing our business degrees at Canisius College. With Thanksgiving coming up, I am grateful for everyone in my life who have continuously been there for me. I now know that family is not always something you have, but something you find."


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