The 19-year-old founder of a Bay area non-profit has partnered with her former classmate to inspire young women.
- Classmates team-up to inspire young women
- Camp R.O.Y.A.L. was founded 2 years ago to empower girls
- Now, with the help of Maggie Wilson, they're focused on stopping bullying
Briana Blandford founded Camp R.O.Y.A.L. two years ago. The program empowers young girls, teaches them life skills and helps boost their self-esteem.
She recently introduced the campers to a former classmate, who’s been battling a number of different illnesses for more than a decade.
Maggie Wilson is constantly hooked up to an IV and currently can’t walk. Together with Blandford, Wilson is using her story to inspire young women to be strong and rise above bullying.
"Seeing how they don't understand what I'm going through, so they think I'm this weird person," Wilson said. "It's just a lot to deal with."
"I think a lot of the time we tear each other down by saying mean things, hurtful things, cyber bullying, all those things, and sometimes the people who are saying those things are hurting themselves," said Blandford. "I think it's necessary to build up a sisterhood so that we can bring each other up."
Maggie wants to share a message for any girl who may be going through tough times.
"They have to stay strong, they can't let anything tear them down,” said Wilson. "The bullies opinions don't matter.”
Camp R.O.Y.A.L. has started using #FightForMaggie on social media to spread messages of kindness and affirmation.
If you’d like to help, Camp Royal encourages you to visit their GoFundMe.com account.
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