Pa. parents turn teen’s death into force for good

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A social media campaign to remember an 18-year-old college freshman from Erie has exploded in the weeks since she died after apparently suffering an epileptic seizure in the shower.

The parents of Alyssa O’Neill started the campaign by buying coffee for strangers at a Starbucks in Erie, and having her initials — AJO — written on the cups.

The #ajo campaign is now raising money for epilepsy awareness and for nursing scholarships.

The effort has already attracted some 26,000 likes on Facebook, and the Twitter feed has 8,600 followers.

They are also encouraging people to “pay it forward” by doing something to help other people and many are posting pictures of their deeds on Twitter and other social media networks.

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