T-shirts raise money for bullying victim Rebecca Sedwick

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Rebecca Sedwick (family photo)



Brandon, Florida-- As the sun sets, they're numbering and striping the football field. It's a very big day for the Brandon Cowboys. The little league football team and cheerleaders are launching a campaign to end bullying.

"It's scares me. It's real, and I never even knew how bad it was."

Jason Johnson is the Brandon Cowboys' athletic director. He didn't know 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, but when he learned of her death, something died in him, so he decided to do something about it.

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"We are selling these t-shirts to help raise money for the family and send a message to stop bullying," said Johnson.

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Lime green was Rebecca's favorite color. So these t-shirts are lime green, and display an anti-bullying message- something Andrea Carter understands because her son is being bullied.

"It made me sad, so I'm here to buy a t-shirt to support the family because my son is being bullied on the bus," said Carter.

Billy Peel is Rebecca's uncle. He came this night to pick up some t-shirts as well- just one part of an entire community that is trying to make a difference.

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"Bullying affects a lot of children. I cant believe children can be so cruel, so it has to stop," said Carter.

Rebecca's funeral is Monday, September 16. The viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Whidden-McClean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 11 a.m. The burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland.

The family asks that everyone dress in bright colors, because Rebecca did not like black.

A bank account has been set up at Community Southern Bank in honor of Rebecca Sedwick. Condolences to the family can be made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com

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