Collin Kartchner has passed away today, Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
In 2017, Collin Kartchner started a popular parody Instagram account simply to make fun of social media and the culture of toxic perfectionism it has created. Instead of using his platform and large following to earn paid sponsor posts or ad dollars, he used his account to do good.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Collin used social media to crowd-funded over $125,000 for Hurricane victims which he and his wife Liz then personally delivered to many families in Texas. Soon after when Hurricane Maria hit, he helped a group raise $350,000 for people in Puerto Rico. He then raised over $30,000 for three Utah children fighting cancer and threw the largest social-media created Christmas party for the kids. In February 2018, he raised over $15,000 in less than 12 hours to put “You are Loved” and “You are Beautiful” billboards across Utah seen an estimated 1.18M times.
In April 2018, Collin started a campaign to #SavetheKids from social media and screen addiction’s negative effect on their mental and emotional health. His message has resonated with the masses, as he has since spoken to 300,000+ youth and adults across the country with a speaking schedule now booked out 12-18 months. He was even invited to speak at TEDxSaltLakeCity in 2018, as well as for invitations to speak at companies like Nike and Adidas. He has been interviewed for TV and newspapers on this topic many times, including Fox13, KUTV-2, KSL News, Fresh Living as well as articles in Salt Lake Tribune and authored articles for Deseret News. Collin’s messages for students of all ages, parents, educators, and businesses is engaging, entertaining, emotional, and inspiring.
Collin is on a crusade to help educate parents on the damage social media and 24/7 access to peer culture will have on their child’s mental health. His goal is to help teens rise above social media comparison, negativity, cyberbullying, and the stress of being perfect. Every day Collin gets 100’s of messages from teens sharing how social media is hurting their mental health, and how his message changed or even saved their lives.
His #SavetheKids Parent Awareness Nights have been a huge success, empowering parents to stop fighting their teen’s phone use and start fighting FOR their teen. These events are usually standing room only.
Collin Kartchner popular social media activist, Youth Advocate, Crowfunder and TEDX speaker,
He is survived by his family members.
Hearing the news of Collin Kartchner passing away has me gutted. My heart absolutely aches for Lizzy and the kids. Life is cruel and unexpected and downright wrong sometimes. Not only hug those close to you, but my goodness, be a light for someone else. You just never know. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Tommy 💜💛 (@Irieska) October 21, 2020
Cause of Death
His cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about his death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Collin’s name through the GoFundme page.