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Friends, Family Wash Cars In Honor Of Fallen Teen

Michael T. Truluck was tragically killed when he fell out of a vehicle and was run over on Harford Road back in March.

Friends and family of a fallen teenager gathered at a Parkville pediatrician’s office Saturday morning and quickly got to scrubbing—cars, that is.

A line, at times more than five cars long, waited to be soaped up and rinsed off for a good cause. The cost of the car wash went toward a donation to help pay for Michael Truluck's headstone.

Truluck, a 13-year-old student, .

Among those washing cars was the boy's father, Michael Truluck Jr.

"I am just overwhelmed. I can't thank these people enough," Truluck said. "I had no idea my son had so many friends. I knew he was popular and well liked but I never knew he had touched this many lives.

"Michael would love this," Truluck continued. "It's a great day, the sun is shining. Michael was a ray of sunshine, and I know it's him shining down on us."

Well over 20 people were on hand to help out—washing cars and selling snowballs and baked goods.

The event was organized by Dawn Miller-Campbell, whose son Matthew was close friends with Michael.

"The turn out has been absolutely incredible," Miller-Campbell said. "I'm overwhelmed by the outcome—the outreach of everybody [who has] come out today."

Peggy Wiland, who works at Parkville's , came to have her car washed.

"I first saw this was happening in the Patch," Wiland said. "It's a good cause. His death was a tragedy, and this is the least I could do. I would like to see him have a headstone."

Miller-Campbell said the group hoped to raise at least $1,200 dollars to pay for the cost of the memorial.

"I think we'll get there and then some," Miller-Campbell said. "We should be able to get him something really nice."

The group was still washing cars as of about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Allyson Watt, another of the event's organizers, said they'd continue to do so "until the donations stop."

Ruth Baisden May 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Where can people send donations?
Samantha Keys May 06, 2012 at 12:06 PM
There is a memorial fund set up at M&T bank!
ashliey bilger May 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Contact Justin Truluck 443 221 3538 this is his unle and the one thats raiseing money to buy mickey a headstone <3
Dawn Miller-Campbell May 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
To any one who knew Michael and would like to purchase on of the items we had for sale at the fundraiser you can also contact me at dawncampbell2008@gmail.com or 443-847-1374. We have tee shirts, key chains, dog tags, mugs, and bracelets available, prices range from $10 - $20. You can view the items on my face book page in the photo's under R.I.P. Mike Truluck Fundraiser. My face book is Dawn Miller-Campbell. Thank you too all who came out on Saturday!! It was such a Great Day!
Dawn Miller-Campbell May 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Mike died Feb. 18th, his 14th Birthday would have been in March. :'-(
Sarah Novak September 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I'm so proud to say that I knew you (Mrs.Dawn) and Ali. This was so successful. Mikey will forever be in our prayers. I pray everyday for him. I began going to church again for him and got confirmed for him. He was a great kid. He is dearly missed. He's gone, but NEVER will be forgotten. I get paid soon, I'll call Mr.Justin and donate again. Can't wait until the next fundraiser, let me know what I can do to help again. I love you Michael! 03/03/98-02/18/12

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