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      South Range community supports local family after teen dies in car crash

      Nineteen-year-old education major at Northern Michigan University, Brittany Nicholas, is remembered by her family and friends as a selfless, fun-loving young woman.

      ??Brittany always liked giving to other people and helping other people, and Brittany loved her school,?? said her mother, Melissa Nicholas. ??She loved Jeffers.??

      The singer/songwriter was actively involved in her community and loved spending time with her friends, her parents, Steve and Melissa, and boyfriend of five years, Damion Johnson.

      ??Every day was good,?? said Johnson. ??Even arguments were ok. Every time we had an argument, it??d last five minutes and everything was perfect.??

      ??She was the kind of person that when somebody needed something, she was there to do it no matter who it was or what it was,?? added her father, Steve Nicholas.

      Two days before Thanksgiving, Brittany was driving home from NMU for the holiday when she lost control of her car and collided into oncoming traffic. She was rushed to Marquette General Hospital in critical condition.

      ??I think when we first saw her, we realized how bad it was,?? Steve recalled. ??It was pretty obvious that she had some bad head injuries.??

      Steve said the doctors told them she could survive the accident, but the next day, Brittany passed away.

      ??Every day she went to work or she went to school, she would text us and say, ??At school, love you,?? ??At work, love you,?? and I miss that,?? he said.

      Since then, Brittany??s friends have created a scholarship fundraiser for Jeffers High School students in her honor with a goal of reaching $10,000.

      ??We??re hoping to hand out an amount every year going forward as far as we can in Brittany??s name,?? said Melissa.

      ??Giving to the scholarship fund would be something they could do to help all of us,?? Johnson added. ??We don??t get the money. It??s going to somebody else, and that??s what Britt would want. That??s how Britt was. She was a giver.??

      To help out the Nicholas family and Brittany??s scholarship fund, check out their fundraiser page here .

      ??Some days, it??s almost impossible. It??s very hard,?? Steve said. ??The community, her friends, our friends have been phenomenal and have helped us get through this.??