In loving memory of our Seanie. 
April 28, 1998 - December 31, 2014

We can't change the past, but we can change the future


Sean Bartell Memorial Foundation Mission: 
To provide resources to children and young adults, to not only encourage, but also enable them to grow to their fullest potential.


Sean Patrick Bartell

Sean Bartell

Sean Bartell passed away from complication of Stevens Johnson Syndrome / Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis during his Junior year at Wesley Chapel High School. Sean was taking AP/Honors classes, and was 5th in his class.  The Sean Bartell Memorial Fund was established to help both students and teachers, in his memory, because the past is already set, but the future is unwritten.  Learn more about Sean.



The following students have received a scholarship/grant, in the amount of $1000:

Class of 2018

Carissa Brown, Wesley Chapel HS
Lana Al-Sayed, Wesley Chapel HS
Isabella Macaluso, Wesley Chapel HS
Kaitlyn Day, Zephyrhills HS
Katherine Ayers, Zephyrhills HS
Grace Szarko, Wiregrass Ranch HS
McKenna Williams, Wiregrass Ranch HS
Jacob Hill, Wiregrass Ranch HS

   2018 applicationsSee all award recipients.



April 27, 2019
5th Annual Pasta Dinner at Trinity Church of Wesley Chapel

February 23, 2019
1st Annual Kustom Car Show for Colleges and Classrooms

Nov 17th 2018
3rd Annual Sean Bartell Memorial Foundation Quarter Auction Fundraiser

April 28, 2018
4th Annual Pasta Dinner at Trinity Church of Wesley Chapel

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How Can You Help?

Since Sean’s passing we have awarded $37,000 to individuals to assist them with furthering their education. This is only possible with the help of donors. Please consider contributing -- any amount is appreciated. We accept one-time donation or recurring donations. The Sean Bartell Memorial Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.



The Sean Bartell Memorial Foundation has expanded to include providing classroom essentials to teachers, as well. After reviewing 20+ teacher assistance applications, the Foundation decided to provide for all of the teachers that applied, fulfilling the varied wishlists of the local teachers, to ensure the best learning environment for their students. In life, Sean always went out of his way to help others, no matter who they were. The Foundation seeks to carry on helping both students and teachers, in his memory, because the past is already set, but the future is unwritten.


What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis?

This is the condition that led to Sean passing away, due to the complications it caused. It is an aggressive over-reaction of your immune system, in response to medication. SJS-TEN caused Sean to develop large blisters all over his body, in addition to other, more graphic symptoms. His compromised immune system made him especially susceptible to infection, specifically MRSA, which entered his bloodstream, and caused his organs to fail. This is not a condition to be taken lightly. It started out like measles, and by the time he was diagnosed, it was too late.

You need to be your child's biggest advocate, if they are unable to speak for themselves. Educate yourselves, and do not be afraid to ask questions. That is not to say that you should assert your opinion as correct, above that of the doctor, but understanding treatment options and any potential risks inherent in them will help you, and your child to have some much needed peace of mind, in your time of need.


"Last evening, McKenna was awarded a Sean Bartell Memorial Foundation scholarship. This was a bittersweet moment for us, as Sean was our son Tyler's good friend in elementary and middle school who tragically passed away at the age of 16 from an extremely rare disease in 2014. Sean was a frequent guest in our home for sleepovers over the years and was an extremely intelligent and polite young man. This is one scholarship, that while grateful McKenna was fortunate enough to receive, that we wished didn't exist. We all wish Sean was at Vanderbilt studying medicine as he dreamed. The foundation's motto is "We Can't Change the Past, But We Can Change the Future", and the Bartell family does so by tirelessly and proudly raising funds to provide scholarships in Sean's honor. Last evening was very special and extremely humbling for us and McKenna looks forward to making Sean and the Bartell family proud." -Doug Williams, May 2018