When I first heard about the tragic death of Caitlin Nelson who choked during a Greek week pancake eating contest, my first thoughts were irresponsibility. How could these stupid contests happen? Why wasn't there someone there to prevent her from choking? As I dug deeper into the story of Caitlin Nelson, I see what an incredible woman this 20 year old was.

The pancake eating contest was to raise money for charity. Caitlin regularly volunteered to help children. She, along with her sister, had worked at the Resiliency Center, which helps survivors of the Sandy Hook school massacre. She also was involved with America’s Camp, an organisation that helps children of 9/11 victims.

Caitlin lost her father James Nelson at the age of 5 when he was killed while working for the Port Authority police department helping to evacuate people on Sept 11,2001, was all about caring for others.

The family is donating her organs so she can continue to help others.

“It’s about paying forward,’’ Caitlin explained to TapInto.net last year. That's the best way to sum up her way too short life.

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