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Homeless teen bikes six hours to university to study to become a doctor

Fred Barley was found sleeping rough outside his uni (Picture: Success for Fred/Facebook)

A homeless teenager was found sleeping in a tent outside the university where he was studying biology.

Fred Barley, 19, had cycled for around six hours on his little brother’s child-size bicycle, in the searing heat of the American south, to register for classes at Gordon State College.


The journey, from his family home in Conyers to the college town of Barnesville, was more than 50 miles across the US state of Georgia.

Once registered for classes, he stayed in a tent he’d pitched on campus and searched for jobs in the daytime.

He had two duffel bags and two gallons of water with him, but nothing to eat except for a box of cereal.

: Fred Barley Caption: Officers found the teen sleeping in a tent over the weekend outside a local college. Instead of giving him a ticket for trespassing, the officers listened to his story - and that's where this amazing story begins. Barley, a homeless college student, told the officers he had ridden his little brother's bike six hours from Conyers to Barnesville to register for classes for his second semester of college. He had two duffel bags carrying all he owned and 2 gallons of water as he rode through the heat of a Georgia summer. Problem is, the Gordon State College campus dorms don't open until August, so Barley pitched a tent in some bushes on campus and prepared to spend the next few weeks there, with nothing more than a box of cereal to eat. Barley spent the day job-searching and had just returned to his tent Saturday night when officers responded to a report of someone sleeping in a tent on campus. They told Barley to come out with his hands up, but the officers quickly realized that something wasn't right. They sat down with Barley, who told them his story. The biology major, who dreams of going to medical school one day, told the officers he thought the bushes on campus would be a much safer place for him to sleep than staying in his tent in Conyers. "We can't allow you to stay here, but I have somewhere you can stay." Photographer: Loaded on 15/07/2016 at 18:44 Copyright: Provider: Success For Fred / Facebook Properties: RGB JPEG Image (675K 28K 24.2:1) 640w x 360h at 72 x 72 dpi Routing: DM News : News (EmailIn) Parking:

People have donated more than $115,000 to Fred (Picture: Success for Fred/Facebook)

Fred was eventually discovered by police officers, who were so impressed by his ambition and determination to study that they put him up in a motel room.

‘He was so understanding and he said, “I definitely applaud you for doing this. We can’t allow you to stay here, but I have somewhere you can stay,”‘ Fred told WSB-TV.


Fred’s story soon travelled, and it wasn’t long before people were donating clothes, school supplies, shoes, money and a new bike. Someone also offered him a job washing dishes at a local pizza places, which he has now started.

Casey Blaney, who lives in Barnesville, set up a GoFundMe for Fred that has since raised more than $115,500.

And while Fred is enjoying his job and college course for now, his long-term plans are even more ambitious.

Once he graduates, he wants to go medical school and become a doctor.

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