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

  • Bdef

    Canadian Chiver trying to donate. It says it cannot authorize! Is out Canadian money not good enough? Or have we crashed out the server that bad?

  • kev

    chive continually restores my faith in humanity when i think it's all but gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627775603 Brad Jones

    Done!

  • CanucksRule

    WOW. prob from vancouver, bc fellow chivers.

    • CanucksRule

      *props

  • ColoChiver

    AWESOME Job and thanks to all of us!

  • Aaron

    Wishing Farrah, and all other victims and their families, all the best and I hope they heal quickly !

    What I’m about to say is no reflection on them or the doctors/nurses/paramedics etc. that have helped them, they are truly everyday heroes !

    But I think it’s insane that a person injured in a crazed shooting has to pay over $100k just so they can get better…. It is beyond me, how can a country as proud, staunch and uniting as America can let this happen.

    KCCO from an Irish/Australian Chiver !

    • andy

      Its a system that is hard to even comprehend to most living outside America but till America (the powers that be, not the good people of the USA) figure it all out people like Farrah have friends willing to step up and since strangers are just friends you aint met yet, Id say Farrah has more "friends" than she ever could have possibly dreamed.

      Way to go chive! Even more than the $ lets all hope that the love expressed helps Farrah lights up the darkness she has been thrown into.

  • JGonz530

    Donated!!!! Time to kill it for a great cause, Chivers. Let's rock this!!!!

  • Krissy

    I am proud to be a member of such a wonderful community of people. Who can affect the lives of others in such a positive and beautiful way!

  • http://www.syazwancdm.blogspot.com/ syazwan

    get well sista!

  • Ryan

    I don't want come off as being negative. What we've already done is amazing. I just looked at the latest tally on the donation page and it is at $136k.

    However, I think it is an amazing start. I donated this morning and now I'm doubling down. I won't say my amount because everyone has a different threshold they can give and I respect that.

    But think about all the frivolous spending you do everyday and ask yourself, "could I live without that?". I urge the other generous Chivers that have already given to look inward and ask if you can afford to do it again. If not, that is ok. But I can and I am.

    Double Down!!!!!!!

    • Andy in Alberta

      Challenge Accepted!!!! If you dont mind tho Imma give to Michael on this round

  • therealguy

    *HELP MICHAEL, AS WELL!* http://www.gofundme.com/wa2ko

    • Andy in Alberta

      Done!

  • Airt

    We are The Chive!

  • _Merlin

    Continue the charge Chive! Lets continue to obliterate the goal for Farrah and let's take care of Mike Jr. as well. Hang in there Mike, we're coming for you!

  • Paul

    Wow. These aren't tears, I was just cutting onions while reading story…yeah. Thoughts are with you Farah. Time to Chive Up and donate. Good triumphs.

  • Jim

    The Chive community amazes me. Like a superhero, when called upon, we rise to the occasion and literally smash any goal laid before us to do whatever we can to help. Nothing makes me happier than to log on and see that the goal has been reached in just a little over an hour because of this site. Headed to the donations page to make my contribution! KCCO!

  • KROOLAID

    GET WELL SOOOOOOOON!

  • Andy in Alberta

    WOOWHOOOOOOO, we just broke 10K for Mike!

  • Kryptoknight

    Every once in a while, something comes along to restore my faith in humanity. I'm proud to be a Chiver.

  • cponnwitz

    I just had a minor surgery and it would have cost 275000 if I didn't have insurance….I cannot even imagine what this bill will be! I am very proud of chivers everywhere today, but we need to give her everything we can! Let's go for round two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kcco!

  • Vaughan412

    I liked a little clarification on the funds??? Sounds like Jordan her brother is concerned?

  • Matt G

    Donated.

  • jerryo

    my hundred could not be more well spent! KKCO girl.

  • lyssfish

    chivette of the week right here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/therealscottnauman Scott Nauman

    Just donated. At $139,500. Let's bring it up to $150. We got this Chive!

  • https://www.facebook.com/greg.jencks Greg Jencks

    I fuckin' love the chive.

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