Chivers, the story of Farrah, an Aurora survivor (10 Photos)

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Last Friday in the Daily Afternoon Randomness I asked the Chivers for a favor. I believed that, in the wake of the tragic shooting in Aurora, CO there must be something theCHIVE community can do to help an innocent victim who needs our help the most. Valuable info began pouring in from our Colorado Chivers and one victim's name began to stand out in the email subject lines: Farrah.

Thanks again to our vigilant CO Chivers (you know who you are). Without you, none of what's about to happen would be possible.

None of what I'm about to say, however, will be easy to read. This is the story of a survivor:

Farrah Soudani, her boyfriend Mike White, and Mike's father Mike Sr. have a tradition; they go to the 'late nights' when big movies open. On Thursday July 19th, the happy trio and some family friends walked into theatre 9 in Aurora, CO to watch the late showing of Batman: The Dark Knight.

15 minutes into the film, something that resembled a balloon was hurled down the right hand side of the theater, where Farrah was seated two seats from the isle. Suddenly, popping sounds echoed through the theater. Many assumed a prankster had set off fireworks in the theater, but Mike Sr., an Air Force Veteran, knew better. The theater was under attack.

Mike Sr. grabbed Mike and Farrah by their heads and yelled "Get Down! Get Down!" just as the 'balloon' exploded.

I spoke to Victoria Albright, a close family friend and author of Farrah's donation page. Victoria told me how Farrah described the first, frantic moments:

"I remember seeing a bright flash, and a bang bang bang."

The explosive ripped a 5" hole through Farrah's abdomen and demolished her left leg. Initial reports would say Farrah was shot, but the wounds indicate a shrapnel penetration. Farrah fell to the ground.

A hail of gunfire rained on the trio as the gunman moved closer. Mike was shot shielding Farrah. The bullet ripped through his right shoulder, piercing his lung and finally exiting his back. Mike continued to lay beside Farrah, holding her intestines inside her body.

Mike Sr. saw the gunman making his way from the 8th row down the isle, closing in on the injured couple. In a moment of astonishing heroism, Mike Sr. draped himself across Farrah to protect her. Michael Sr. said:

"This gunman's going to get me, I know I'm going to get shot. I give up my body to save her. He's going to shoot me, he's not going to shoot the girl."

Suddenly, the gunman stopped and changed his course enabling Michael Sr. precious moments to crawl out of the theater to get help. Farrah was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The officer who transported Farrah to the hospital, holding her side the entire time, described Farrah as "one tough cookie."

The surgeries begin:

Farrah's wounds are extensive. Yesterday she had surgery to repair her left calf and exploritory surgeries on her midsection to determine the next course of action. Both surgeries went well but there will be many more. Farrah suffered significant damage to her left calf and her left abdomen is 'permanently affected.' Farrah's amazing mother, Heidi, rarely leaves her side. Plastic surgeries will be needed for years to come. Farrah has no insurance.

The healing begins:

When the first images from the Aurora massacre hit the news, I stared blankly at my TV. A voice in the back of my head told me the Chivers would be called upon to help. I was uncertain of what capacity we'd be needed, but I was certain the Chivers would rise to meet the gravity of the occasion.

Things are clear now, a family and their their fragile daughter needs our help. And while our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this senseless violence, today is for Farrah.

The global media attention and Presidential visit has made Farrah famous and Mike Sr. a national hero, but it hasn't translated into the one thing this family needs the most: financial help. Only $37,000 of their $100,000 goal has been raised. theCHIVERS are about to adjust the sails on that one.

The goal is $100,000. I'm told Ferrah's medical bills will easily exceed the target amount which is fine, we all know the Chivers see financial goals much like a lonely stop sign on an empty country road - something briefly regarded before hitting the accelerator.

We're not only going to help a survivor recover, but in so doing we will play a small part in the overall healing process in Aurora; helping usher out evil and enabling a community to rebuild physically and emotionally. Our Colorado Chivers have provided the compass to find Farrah. Now it's time to follow their lead.

You know what to do, don't stop giving until the machine breaks.

Farrah's donation page RIGHT HERE.

UPDATE: Due the the volume of donations, the donation page is refreshing slowly so the finantial totals don't yet reflect the amount raised, which is amazing. Be patient! More updates to come.

UPDATE #2: We just spoke to the founder and CEO of Go Fund Me, he's been very helpful by allocating server strength to Farrah's page to handle the donation load. We asked him if there was a record donation amount in a single hour. He responded, "There was, but theCHIVE shattered that record just now." We have surpassed the $60,000 amount in less than an hour.

Update #3: At the one hour mark, donations total $74,000. Unreal. Keep going!

Update #4: $85,000

Update #5: $95,000. The final push!

UPDATE #6: $100,000 in an hour and a half. This is unfreakingbelievable.

Update #7: $120,000. And the Chivers have hit the accelerator.

Update #8: $135,000. Also, we linked to hero Michael White's donation page and theCHIVER's have almost raised $10,000 for him!

Update #9: $140,000

For updates on Farrah’s condition and to make a donation, CLICK HERE.

An email has been set up, messagetofarrah [at] comcast [dot] com, if you want to contact Farrah to offer any kind words.

Watch the Dateline video of Farrah’s story below

UPDATE: Due the the volume of donations, the donation page is refreshing slowly so the financial totals don’t yet reflect the amount raised, which is amazing. Be patient! More updates to come.

UPDATE #2: We just spoke to the founder and CEO of Go Fund Me, he’s been very helpful by allocating server strength to Farrah’s page to handle the donation load. We asked him if there was a record donation amount in a single hour. He responded, “There was, but theCHIVE shattered that record just now.” We have surpassed the $60,000 amount in less than an hour.

Update #3: At the one hour mark, donations total $74,000. Unreal. Keep going!

Update #4: $85,000

Update #5: $95,000. The final push!

UPDATE #6: $100,000 in an hour and a half. This is unfreakingbelievable.

Update #7: $120,000. And the Chivers have hit the accelerator.

Update #8: $135,000. Also, we linked to hero Michael White’s donation page and theCHIVER’s have almost raised $10,000 for him!

Update #9: $140,000

  • corwin

    Post on Mike Whites gofundme too Chivers! Lets break the internet with goodwill two fold!

  • http://www.kongregate.com/ Gee 2

    Donated early when it was sitting at the $35k mark, Chivers are so frakking awesome!:)

  • KevinW2

    I watched in awe as the Chive community blew past that goal. Then I took the time to watch the video, and had to go back and donate to Mike's fund. Please show Mike some Chive love! http://www.gofundme.com/wa2ko

  • MikeyB

    John,
    I think they need a few Canadian KCCO shirts to let them know that everyone in Canada is wishing them all the best! Get well soon!!!

    • Justin

      Agreed!
      Justin from Alberta!

  • http://www.facebook.com/coraliegin Coralie Ginette Colon Quiñones

    Someone just donated $1,000! I'm so proud of being a Chivette!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MichaelAFernandez Michael Fernandez

    Knowing what the Chivers can do I thought "Awwww, that's cute." when I saw the goal. By the time I sent my donation the goal was already surpassed. I love the way this community rallies around those in need. KCCO!

  • Eric

    Amazing! what an amazing community we have here! KCCO

  • pickleman77

    Woah, wait…this is certainly a terrible story, and I am so happy that she is alive. But I'm sure that her story is no more compelling than the other 11 victims in this tragedy. Why isn't this money going to help ALL the victims?

  • therealguy

    I don't believe in prayers, but Chivers, despite the trivial and crazy antics we indulge in, constantly restore my faith in humanity. *CHIVE ON!*

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.hotle Joe Hotle

    Keep it coming Chivers, changing lives one at a time!

  • RFlaherty3

    Donated! KCCO!

  • Deadweight05

    KCCO farrah from canada. Chive is gunna.knock this outta the park!! Keep em.coming!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MikeSwordisAwesome Michael Sword

    I love this community. Always there to help when it's called.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MikeSwordisAwesome Michael Sword

      Also the easiest decision I've had in awhile to donate.

  • discowheels

    Well, it's been an expensive day, donations to Farrah and Mike, and also getting 5 Canada KCCO's for everyone (oh, and another black KCCO). I'm proud to be a Chiver today, and everyday. Thanks John for all you do!

  • Greg

    Let's help Mike reach his goal as well!!
    http://www.gofundme.com/wa2ko

  • laythistorest

    This is why im part of the chive, I love being able to help these people. All our thoughts are with you Farrah, New Zealand chivers!

  • Pascal Mader

    so i'm from europe, and somehow i can't donate because i have to enter a zip or postal code, anyone know a solution? other than that, Chivers are awesome, i think we will go WAY further than the 100000 goal.

  • http://www.gofundme.com/wa2ko Renee

    Hello Chivers! You guys are simply incredible! I'm Mike Jr.'s aunt, and we are so very thankful that you have also helped him. Thank you so very much for all that you do and all that you are! KCCO, indeed!

  • Tom

    Yet another day I'm proud to be a chiver. donated KCCO

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.james.710 Kelly James

    Hell yea ill donate! That could've been my sister who also lives in Colorado. Hang in there Farrah.

  • Sgt Hedberg USMC

    What better way is there in feeling more a part of a community than to help a friend in need. The Chive is definitely where it's at. Not everyone can have the mindset knowing a Marine always has his six but Chivers sure as hell can believe someone has theirs. God bless.

  • Joe

    KCCO from a Colorado Chiver! Stay strong Farrah, we all believe in you!

  • chacha

    DOING IT CHIVE! Get well soon Farrah! Love this community!

  • Matt

    I love being a part of this community!

  • Vaughan412

    You know what Farrah and Mike would want! THE DAR!!!:)

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