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

  • D_Gip

    In the 1 minute it took me to donate the amount was already up by $5k….$100k is going to be eclipsed in about 20 minutes. Love this community! KCCO

  • Bradyized

    Let's see how fast we can break $50,000! 3 grand in 5 minutes!

  • Makster87

    BOOM! donated, that man is hero, that girl is a strong surivor…suddenly, my eyes are watering, need to check the filters in here. Farrah lets do this! lets go chivers!:)

  • thor

    Just watched her donation fun increase $4000 in a matter of minutes. Chive you are EPIC

  • Ryan

    Done and Done…This is a great cause, another reason this site is the best on the web! Going to wear my chive shirt all day in Farrah's honor!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/ideallyd Daniel Esper

    Donated what I could… Let's do this Chivers!

  • guested

    How's Mike doing?

  • https://www.facebook.com/tgodley23 Todd Godley

    Chivers….MOUNT UP!! Let's come together like we always do.
    Let's kick this goal's ass!

  • jon fleet

    Donated!! If you're going through hell.. Keep going!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.cunningham.777 Ben Cunningham

    When TheChive Community weighs in on things like this it just makes me so damn proud to be a small part of the community…KCCO Farrah….our ranks need your smile, courage and sheer awesomeness.

  • Kasey

    From the time I donated (bout 5 min ago) to NOW, it's gone from 38k, to 44k. I Love this community.

  • myself

    God, I love TheChve. I refresh the donation page and go pee. Refresh after and boom another 3 grand.

  • Vaughan412

    All our prayers are with you!

  • Angell

    Get well and KCCO!!

  • Awesome

    Just donated and "Liked" it on Facebook. Thank you to all others who can help and/or give support. KCCO Farrah!

  • um_yeah

    Get us every time…. You know we can't refuse to help someone that needs us….. Meet the goal…. Challenge accepted~-

  • Liv

    Get well soon Farrah! Stay strong, with the chivers on your side anything is possible

  • http://www.facebook.com/make1music1right1 Kathleen Humphrey

    it has begun

  • https://www.facebook.com/DjTie Tyler Bacik

    No shirt today, instead it's time to help someone recover and get their life back. Chive on Farrah! Get well soon.

  • Seth

    Gave what I could, KCCO Farrah!

  • danny2step

    Wow, this $100k goal is gonna get smashed. KCCO Farrah!

  • Justin Askew

    Get better Farrah. KCCO from Albuquerque.

  • dmac

    holy shit it looks like they're getting donations at the rate of a hundred bucks a second… i fucking love being a chiver!! kcco farrah, we're with you!!

  • brian

    Wow, I donated about 10 minutes ago and its already 10+ pages deep on the website (and all the donations after me say "KCCO". You guys deserve a hand…awesome that you are using your powers for good…

  • CanadianChivette

    Looks like the money I had set aside for a couple Canadian KCCO's has found a much more important place to go!

    It's amazing how you can feel a connection and a need to help another human, even when you don't know them. Being a part of this amazing chive family has nothing to do with being from the US or Canada, or anywhere else. This is another human in desperate need of help and kindness. And at the end of the day, we're all from the same planet. A place in which a website filled with selfless, truly sincere people give to others without the blink of an eye. YOU'RE DOING IT SO RIGHT, Chivers and Chivettes!!

    All my thoughts and prayers for this amazing girl and her family❤ KCCO

    • Jess

      I'll buy you one. What's your size?

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