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Cary boy raises $28K for charity after theft

Posted March 29, 2012
Updated April 1, 2012

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— It's a crime that's difficult to imagine – a thief knowingly steals money meant for a charity from a boy who can't walk.

But that's what happened last week to Nolan Turner, a 12-year-old Cary boy with spina bifida who was working to raise money so that his wheelchair basketball team to play at his school, Briarcliff Elementary.

Nolan had raised $250 of the $1,000 needed to transport equipment and wheelchairs made especially for sports from the Durham-based nonprofit Bridge II Sport's headquarters to the school.

He had set up a table in front of his home and was selling bottled water when the thief took the cash.

"I made the mistake of telling him I couldn't walk, and he took the money and walked away," Nolan said Thursday.

A week later, Nolan says he is surprised by the generosity of donors who have pledged more than $28,000 for the cause.

Nolan Turner Cary boy raises $28K for charity after theft

"I'm happy. I'm really, really happy," he said.

Briarcliff Elementary will be able host the basketball team this spring, and because Nolan has raised so much money, organizers say there is enough to buy much needed equipment – each wheelchair can cost up to $5,000 – and a trailer to haul it.

Cary police are still looking for the thief – described as a black man in his 20s who is either bald or has short hair. He is described as being between 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Nolan says that, if the thief were in need, he would have helped.

"If he had just asked me for a few dollars, I would give that to him."

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  • salligalagher Apr 6, 2012

    I hope the man that stole the money is absolutely miserable!!!

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 30, 2012

    If I hit the lottery I will still have my harem of 18yo's but THIS is the type of gift I will be giving. No not to "charities" that criple someone from having to work to help themselves but this was senseless. For the child to have such a handicap is heartbreaking but for some maroon to actually take advantage of that is sick. I am glad to see his smile in that picture.

  • not my real name Mar 30, 2012

    Everything happens for a reason. Have faith and believe!

  • Tcheuchter Mar 30, 2012

    What kind of louse would do that?

    " What's worse is that I wasn't all that shocked to read that someone actually stole money from a disabled child. It unfortunately, will not be the last time we read about this type of crime."

    It certainly would not be the first time either.....

  • Wendellcatlover Mar 30, 2012

    This little boy may not be able to walk, but his heart is certainly 10 times bigger than some folks I've met...certainly bigger than the thiefs.

  • Lady Marksman Mar 29, 2012

    What a wonderful outcome to such a sad occurance. What's worse is that I wasn't all that shocked to read that someone actually stole money from a disabled child. It unfortunately,
    will not be the last time we read about this type of crime.

  • ncdixie1 Mar 29, 2012

    I'm sorry this young man was robbed. That was probably a little scary, but what a blessing! Rock on little guy rock on!

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 29, 2012

    Bless his heart. What an amazing young man. It's great to see all the support he's getting.

  • blessedx6 Mar 29, 2012

    AWESOME!!!! May his team roll on!!!

  • gtstallings45 Mar 29, 2012

    This just makes my heart sing.