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

  • Matt

    You're only helping one victim. There are so many more? Did you choose her because she is pretty? If so, that seems shallow. Caleb Medley was shot through the eye and faces 2 mln in medical bills. Why not send this money to the general relief fund?

    • http://twitter.com/JohnMcFadin @JohnMcFadin

      You do realize that 100k to a general relief fund wouldn't do anything, right?

  • Rob (uk)

    Wow, Chivers rock! Donation on it's way!! KCCO

  • Rholio

    Past $154,000 now… rock on, Chivers.

  • http://tapiture.com/user/moeshere/ moeshere foxdale

    For the love of Chives, And don't forget are very important CHIVETTE'S Love Yall…

  • Moyo

    Once again, I'm effing proud to be a Chiver!!! very well done to all of you. and for Farrah: all you need to do now is KCCO and get well. We are here for you now!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/cfishlinger Christine Fishlinger

    IM curious as the research gone into this. I donated money as well as others now its coming out that the family knows the woman running it but they are questioining if this money is going to actaully go to the poor girl. Do we know for a fact that this is 100% legit and the family will see all the money?

    • LisaofLove

      The gofundme.com/Help-Farrah fund has been deemed Great.. .http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21223879/aurora-theater-shooting-charity-investigated-by-police.
      Victoria Albright is working with Farrah and her parents "The Family" on this fund. Go to the gofundme site, Farrah posted her first comment on Tuesday. She is such an inspiration!!!! Read all of the updates, and ignore the mudslinging of those who are proclaiming to be "The only Family Fund" who set up the other fund. Victoria has been working with a trust attorney, and will be releasing the documents as soon as they are ready. We Love Chivers, and appreciate all of the love and support that you have given to Farrah. Anyone who can read, can clearly see that the gofundme site clearly states who the money was raised for… Farrah and Heidi! Read the updates as well…it has been said repeatedly, and regardless of other family members dislike of that fact…that is the way it is!!!! Please don't dwell on the negative junk, the truth will soon be revealed, and people are going to feel really silly for getting wrapped up in this political attack and mudslinging type of campaign to simply do something great for someone great…Farrah Soudani!!!! .

  • Josh

    Days like yesterday make me proud to be a Chiver… Just hope theChive did its due diligence before turning the ChiveNation loose: http://maximumnewsinformer.com/?p=9064

    I find it concerning that the family "barely knows Victoria." If the money doesn't end up in the right hands, EPIC FAIL.

    KCCO

  • Robbie

    I would like some clarification on this story as well.. We donate our money with full confidence in the cause but there are stories on NBC regarding the legitimacy of the fund raiser and its creator.

    Any news on this Chive?

    • LisaofLove

      The gofundme.com/Help-Farrah fund has been deemed Great.. .http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21223879/aurora-theater-shooting-charity-investigated-by-police.
      Victoria Albright is working with Farrah and her parents "The Family" on this fund. Go to the gofundme site, Farrah posted her first comment on Tuesday. She is such an inspiration!!!! Read all of the updates, and ignore the mudslinging of those who are proclaiming to be "The only Family Fund" who set up the other fund. Victoria has been working with a trust attorney, and will be releasing the documents as soon as they are ready. We Love Chivers, and appreciate all of the love and support that you have given to Farrah. Anyone who can read, can clearly see that the gofundme site clearly states who the money was raised for… Farrah and Heidi! Read the updates as well…it has been said repeatedly, and regardless of other family members dislike of that fact…that is the way it is!!!! Please don't dwell on the negative junk, the truth will soon be revealed, and people are going to feel really silly for getting wrapped up in this political attack and mudslinging type of campaign to simply do something great for someone great…Farrah Soudani!!!! .

  • CO_Chiver

    Chive I just read this on NBC News…..whats this about? Dont get me wrong I donated but I really hope this money supports farrah….KCCO Farrah! http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/07/27/129789

    • LisaofLove

      The gofundme.com/Help-Farrah fund has been deemed Great.. .http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21223879/aurora-theater-shooting-charity-investigated-by-police.
      Victoria Albright is working with Farrah and her parents "The Family" on this fund. Go to the gofundme site, Farrah posted her first comment on Tuesday. She is such an inspiration!!!! Read all of the updates, and ignore the mudslinging of those who are proclaiming to be "The only Family Fund" who set up the other fund. Victoria has been working with a trust attorney, and will be releasing the documents as soon as they are ready. We Love Chivers, and appreciate all of the love and support that you have given to Farrah. Anyone who can read, can clearly see that the gofundme site clearly states who the money was raised for… Farrah and Heidi! Read the updates as well…it has been said repeatedly, and regardless of other family members dislike of that fact…that is the way it is!!!! Please don't dwell on the negative junk, the truth will soon be revealed, and people are going to feel really silly for getting wrapped up in this political attack and mudslinging type of campaign to simply do something great for someone great…Farrah Soudani!!!! .

  • GodBless

    I seriously need some clarification on the donation stuff. Both sites are casting doubts on the other one. Did we all get scammed?

    • LisaofLove

      The gofundme.com/Help-Farrah fund has been deemed Great.. .http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21223879/aurora-theater-shooting-charity-investigated-by-police.
      Victoria Albright is working with Farrah and her parents "The Family" on this fund. Go to the gofundme site, Farrah posted her first comment on Tuesday. She is such an inspiration!!!! Read all of the updates, and ignore the mudslinging of those who are proclaiming to be "The only Family Fund" who set up the other fund. Victoria has been working with a trust attorney, and will be releasing the documents as soon as they are ready. We Love Chivers, and appreciate all of the love and support that you have given to Farrah. Anyone who can read, can clearly see that the gofundme site clearly states who the money was raised for… Farrah and Heidi! Read the updates as well…it has been said repeatedly, and regardless of other family members dislike of that fact…that is the way it is!!!! Please don't dwell on the negative junk, the truth will soon be revealed, and people are going to feel really silly for getting wrapped up in this political attack and mudslinging type of campaign to simply do something great for someone great…Farrah Soudani!!!! .

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristyLCombs Christina Combs

    There is now clarification and an update posted on the main Chive page.

  • scottra

    Let's not forget about the hero who saved her life, and was shot doing it:
    She has exceeded the goal, and his is sadly only at $15,000 http://www.gofundme.com/wa2ko

  • MN Man

    I'm a little late to the party. I got stuck behind a tractor on a gravel road… What did I miss? $157,500… Awesome. MN Man is proud to be part of The Chive community, proud to be a donator to the fund for Farrah, and will continue to Chive On!

  • Jean

    I went to donate and it says Victoria Albright is this right?

  • ThePatriot

    sos did mike white jr live?

  • bryan onsugar

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  • Uknown

    Why can't you do this for ALL the victims???

  • JoKe Edge

    Some time ago a picture was posted on theChive, showing a description of “Chive on”. I did not write this, I’m just quoting what was written:

    “It means stay on course no matter what. Chive on refers to the mutual understanding between chivers on how to go about life, regardless of all the assholes, douchebags, posers, etc, who might **** it up from time to time. It’s also stronger in the sense that it unites people who share similar opinions … it’s an underground social network, a family”.

    Especially today I am proud to be a Chiver, seeing how generous Chivers are. It reassures me to know that there are good people around. Kcco Farrah

  • JohnTwotimer

    How do you seriously call the movie "Batman: The Dark Knight". Not even close haha.

  • Ohiostudly

    I think it's great that Farrah get help but find it insulting to the other 50 people are making it on their own.

  • BR&Y

    Set up a photo collection for MIke too! Get him up to 100,000!!!!

  • http://www.turbosocialmedia.com/social-media-saving-lives/ How Social Media Is Saving Lives :: Turbo Social Media Marketing

    […] One such victim, Farrah, has a donation page online, and as of last Thursday morning she had reached only $37K of the likely $100K she needed to raise for her hospital stay, multiple surgeries, recovery, etc. Then the story of this young girl was posted on The Chive. […]

  • http://www.facebook.com/Archane Nick Sumpter

    The loving generosity blows me away every-time, well done chivers!

  • LisaofLove

    TEAM FARRAH…Thank you Chivers from around the world, for making such a huge difference in one girls life. We the friends of Farrah and Heidi Soudani send ~Chive Vibe Love~ back to each and every one of you!
    Much Love and Many Blessing,
    Lisa

  • colo

    I'm confused – the other fund at http://www.farrahsoudani.com shows that it is a legal Trust set up exclusively for Farrah by her brother and cousin to protect Farrah from all liabilities associated with receiving donations (taxes, etc). the gofundme money set up by Victoria Albright is, for some reason, going to Farrah *and* her mom Heidi – it looks like Victoria is Heidi's friend. Farrah is 22, so I don't know why her mom is on it. Not sure why the gofundme campaign is set up that way, but it looks like Heidi will somehow benefit, and it also looks like she has a job. seems weird

    • LisaofLove

      JS, colo,colo123…The gofundme.com/Help-Farrah fund has been deemed legit…. but you know that already!!! http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21223879/aurora….
      Victoria Albright is working with Farrah and her parents "The Family" on this fund. Go to the gofundme site, Farrah posted her first comment on Tuesday. She is such an inspiration!!!! Read all of the updates, and ignore the mudslinging of those who are proclaiming to be "The only Family Fund" who set up the other fund. Victoria has been working with a trust attorney, and will be releasing the documents as soon as they are ready. We Love Chivers, and appreciate all of the love and support that you have given to Farrah. Anyone who can read, can clearly see that the gofundme site clearly states who the money was raised for… Farrah and Heidi! Read the updates as well…it has been said repeatedly, and regardless of other family members dislike of that fact…that is the way it is!!!! Please don't dwell on the negative junk, the truth will soon be revealed, and people are going to feel really silly for getting wrapped up in this political attack and mudslinging type of campaign to simply do something great for someone great…Farrah Soudani!!!! .

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