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Gay athlete in dispute with parents stops taking donations

November 20, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (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.

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