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

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  • Ed Jones

    Broke, disabled vet with a daughter about t.o get married. Money's on the way! You guys are awesome. KCCO Farrah.

    • Edge

      KCCO, It always comes back to you…

      • Ed Jones

        Correction. It refused my card, so I've asked for help, The donation WILL get there if I have to drive to AURORA. 58k now, btw.

        • Woop

          Thank you for your service sir.

  • chivettebecky

    We got this! Chive on fellow Chivers!

  • frank

    oh it's on now!! Here we go chivers here we go!!

  • CorwinNorway

    It is not possible to donate for non-us citizens?? When trying to donate i have to write a zip code?
    Give me a random zip and i will try with that.. Kcco from Norway

    • frank

      30643

  • bailey37

    On it! KCCO from wales

  • James c

    I saw on tv the hospital is waving all fees. So let's still break the machine for them. Let's hit 500Grand

    • halkyrie

      They're only waiving copays and smaller fees. the bill for all the surgeries and time spent there will still come in… let's get it!

  • joe

    Damn near halfway there in like 10 mins.There is hope for this world.Im done giving fucks for the rest of the day i shall refresh the donation page feverishly.

  • https://www.facebook.com/joshua.d.lyons Josh Lyons

    I'm in. KCCO'ing with a small tree in my eye…

  • adamscottmartin

    Donated! Hope for a fast recovery, KCCO!

  • supersport

    Best part about TheChive community!

  • jedi

    Donated and Fuck senseless violence… KCCO!

  • MikeTheChiver

    KCCO Farrah!

  • https://www.facebook.com/deryck.thorp Deryck Thorp

    KCCO Farrah!

  • DaveR

    Donated, keep it up Chive!

  • Roy

    love it, in the 1 min it took me to donate, chivers had donated $2000.

  • chargers suck

    goal will be destroyed.

  • KMAC

    100K? This is The Chive-that in all sense of the word is "Chump Change" for this community. Another reason I love this place. $200 on the way Farrah. KCCO Girl!

  • Tallfrog62

    Idont have much but I'll give as much as I can.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bolekas Brandon Olekas

    Donated! Good luck Farrah and cheers to Mike for being a real hero

  • Brian (Orlando)

    Donation sent….KCCO girl!!

  • Kodos

    Best wishes, Farrah. Chive on and get well soon!

  • skyfireCO

    So incredibly proud to be a part of this community. Chivers are amazing!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/CazArmour0n3 Caz Bliss Armour

    I was on the website donating and as I got on, I noticed that total was up to about $41,000 took me about 5 minutes to donate the money I did and as I got back to the main page, the sum was already over $45,000. This is definitely why we are the best community around!!!! Keep it up Chive Nation!!! KCCO

  • Jamesy

    Donation sent. Damn proud to be a part of this community. We do good. And we do it EVERY TIME. Get to it, Chivers. Let's bring the hope and help the healing in more ways than just medical bills. In the face of the terror, let's prove once again that there are good people in this world.

  • https://www.facebook.com/AfroWookie Ryan Duncan

    Gave $5, wish I could give more. Good luck!

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