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GoFundMe started for family of woman who drowned in Pickering

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

A GoFundMe campaign launched in support of the family of an Oshawa woman who drowned at a Pickering beach has eclipsed its goal by $13,000 in a week.

On Sunday, July 14, Nichole McWatters, 33, was at the beach with her six-year-old son enjoying the weather.

Tragedy struck when the wind took him further out into the water on an inflatable device according to Durham Regional Police.

After swimming after her son, McWatters went into distress herself. She was then pulled to shore by members of the public, who began CPR.

While her son’s life was saved, McWatters was pronounced dead after being rushed to local hospital.

The GoFundMe was started by Dane Watts, and has a goal of $5,000. As of Tuesday afternoon, $18,671 had been raised.

“Her smile could brighten your soul, her love was untouchable, her beauty was breathtaking, her friendship was everything, her advice was second to none, her voice was uplifting, and her kindness couldn’t be matched,” he writes.

Watts also states McWatters’ son was “her everything.”

“She worked so hard to provide the best possible life she could for him. She spent every waking moment with him. She was there for him through thick and thin, happiness and sadness. She was by far one of the strongest people/mothers I’ve ever had the honour in knowing,” reads the GoFundMe profile page.

Watts writes he launched the campaign in the hopes the donations will help McWatters’ son to deal with the loss of his mother.

“I’ve opened this account in hopes of donations to help her family with expenses, and to help her son deal with and get through the next [little] while, which is going to be the hardest part of his life. Help him get the care and education he deserves,” he writes.

To support the campaign, visit