Torrey Pines student steps up with 'Clean Our Gulf' fundraiser

Seventeen-year-old Carmel Valley resident Mitch Carruthers has a motto: "Life's too short to wait for others to help — you have to do it yourself and as soon as you can."

Mitch, an incoming Torrey Pines High senior, was shocked when he saw the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster unfold on TV, thinking of all the people affected, the animals and the environment. To try and help, Mitch decided to sell bracelets on a website he started with his mom Cathy's help — the bracelets are blue with Clean Our Gulf stamped on them, selling for $2 each.

The money raised will be spread to several organizations, such as the Institute for Marine Mammals, International Bird Rescue, Sea Turtle...