The Farrah update and a message from her mother…

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Yesterday, we launched a story about one of the survivors of the Aurora shootings, Farrah Soudani. I asked the Chivers to help raise money for her medical bills and, what will be, years of rehab and cosmetic surgeries. The goal was set at $100,000. In true Chive fashion you ignored the goal and raised $150,000 (and counting) instead.

Last evening, I was lucky enough to have a conference call with Farrah's mother, Heidi, and Victoria, the close family friend running Farrah's charity site while Heidi tends to her daughter.

Heidi gave me a message for the Chivers:

"John, saying thank you seems so hollow when expressing the depth of gratitude I feel for what the Chive community has done for my daughter.

After chatting for a while Heidi told me something. You could tell it had been a long day for both mother and daughter, Farrah's recent operations had taken an emotional and physical toll.

"Farrah has had a rough day today, she slept a lot. Farrah only spoke once. You won't believe what she said, John. She expressed compassion for the madman who did these things to her. She wondered if he was abused, if nobody cared for him? My daughter forgave him. That's how strong she is."

Farrah’s GoFundMe fundraising site was featured last night on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams last night. The topic was the skyrocketing cost of good medicine how victims of the Aurora attacks are turning to the internet for help.

There was also an uninformed article published by NBC I’ve been asked about. The article involves the two separate websites that were created to help Farrah, one by the father’s side of the family, and one by the mother’s side, Heidi, which was officially set up by Victoria Albright, Heidi’s best friend.

I was aware of both sites before I launched the campaign and based on the mother’s blessing and wishes, I chose to go with Victoria and Heidi, and I’m really glad I did.

Since I launched the campaign you may have noticed one of the Soudani brothers have been spamming both theCHIVE and GoFundMe with some uninformed comments, primarily calling into question GoFundMe, which is strange because GoFundMe’s credentials are flawless.

They worked with Reddit to to raise $30,000 for a cancer-stricken patient with only 6 months to live and $75,0000 to help the parents of 3 girls with MPS. All the money went exactly where it was intended to go.

GoFundMe is the only crowdfunding site to receive a 5 star rating by Crowdsourcing.

This money has a national spotlight on it and professionals watching after it. We’re working with GoFundMe directly as well as the family to make sure every penny goes to Farrah, because, of course it will. Vicoria Albright is a kind-hearted grandmother who cares only for the wellbeing of Farrah right now.

I also believe that, when it comes to Charity, you should always keep it positive. Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t easy. Certainly both sides of the family are under a tremendous amount of stress and my thoughts and prayers go out to both of them. But this is about Farrah. And you can’t stand idly by and wait to help somebody, or worse, wait for somebody else to do it for you. That’s not how I was raised. At the end of the day you take the best information at hand and you call the play.

Be proud of yourselves today, Chivers. You’ve helped a girl when she needed it the most.

Donate to Farrah right here.

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  • Professor Allen

    $150,000. Just amazing. well done chivers

    • Phillip

      Am I the only one who feels like we're going to see this Victoria girl on an episode of "American Greed: Scams" sometime in the next year?

      I gave money and all, but this whole fight between the families is making everything seem a little shady.

      • Phillip

        I know I'm just a douche for being skeptical in these times, but it's hard not to with all the charity fraud these days (see: Red Cross 9/11).

        Also, Chive calling NBC "misinformed" is like calling Fox News "reputable". I'm sure NBC has plenty of resources on hand, more than just some girl named Victoria.

        • Jakeman

          Well you've completed the first step of identifying the problem. The next step is removing said douchery.

          Good job everyone for chipping in. It's time to move on to other victims of this tragedy. Anyone know of any other victims in need?

        • BReal

          Great comparison. Do you normally wear libtard knee pads? Im sure PMSNBC doesn't have an agenda or an axe to grind. Need some ocean front property in Arizona too?

          • SheriffPablo

            chive on Mr. LImbaugh.

    • lukinhas

      #MCCO Mantenha Calmo e Chive On

      • Luke

        A few years back my brother was in a bad car wreck that kept him in the hospital for 3 months. No surgeries, only physical therapy. After the first 3 weeks his medical bills were topping 300,000. As good as $150,000 is, it's not enough keep pushing chivers!

    • Name

      Fuck this shit… Where's "Teenage Girls with Daddy Issues"… Err.. Sexy Chivers!?!?!

  • Smut rut

    Chive rox lol

  • rory

    I saw some of the brother's spam comments. Really glad John didn't choose to link to their charity site. He seems like a not-so-nice person :(

    • Falthor

      you would think that any money going to Farrah would be a relief, not that someone who also setup a fund would be on here bashing the company behind the other fund.

      every penny no matter if ti comes from the Mother's fund or the fathers fund will be equally precious. No one is trying to buy anyone's love.

  • mark

    way to go, Chivers! really great stuff

  • Tim Horton

    lol

  • P-Willy

    So awesome to be a part of an awesome community!!! KCCO boys and girls!!!

  • Shenanigans

    Let's help the rest!

    • Jay

      I agree. They all need help and we can help them all!! We are good people here in the chive so it could work!

    • thedude325

      For anyone who didn't get a chance to see it, Mike's page is on the chive also. Link: http://www.gofundme.com/wa2ko

  • http://freshdub.tumblr.com KCO617

    Great job Chivers! It still amazes me that evil can still exist in the best of situations, much like this effort. GFY Soudani brothers, we don't need your kind of people around here.

  • Michael

    Chivers continue to surpass expectations. Well done John. Farrah's forgiveness is graceful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.davidson.7 Stephen Davidson

      Farrah for Chivette of the month!

  • ATB

    Was sad I couldn't donate Yesterday, but got paid today and i am in the giving mood!

    • joker

      If you're living paycheck-to-paycheck, you probably need the money more than Farrah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.ramos.355 James Ramos

    The Chivers really came through! Pats on the backs to us all! KCCO Farrah!

  • Trailer Ray

    The important thing here is that regardless of whether or not certain charities are in question, John made the right decision and I feel as if my money will end up helping Farrah recover from this tragedy, even in the smallest amount. KCCO

  • jeff

    shes really pretty

    • HatBomb

      Yes, she is. I would have donated no matter what she looked like, but there is no harm in noticing the fact that she is an attractive woman, right?

      • Eric

        Yup

  • maverick

    Chivers are freakin awesome! What's next?!

  • Asolare

    Have been wearing my D.A.R shirt with pride today! KCCO Farrah & family

  • Travis

    So awesome!

  • JohnnyBou

    Well said John. I’m sure Farrah’s brother and father are very concerned about her and obviously under stress. But we have faith in you and the Chive. Where you lead, we will follow. There’s a section of the prayer of St. Ignatius that I’m proud to say I think the Chive community follows:

    “To give and not to count the cost

    To fight and not to heed the wounds

    To toil and not to seek for rest

    To labor and not to ask for reward.”

    Thank you to the entire Chive office (yes, even you Mac) for all you do for us and the world. Your goodwill is the hope and standard we hold the

    • HatBomb

      Even Mac? Ok, fine, it's a Friday. I'll give Mac the benefit of the doubt, but only this once!

    • HoosierChiver

      I am not a religious man but I loved that

      • JohnnyBou

        Neither am I, ironically enough. But I went to a Jesuit high school and I swear by that code.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.yates Lee Yates

      Hear…Hear…

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.robertson.9400984 Craig Robertson

      Well said! I really like that quote.

  • gingergreek

    I don't want to sound out of line or anything but there was never any doubt we would surpass that target. It's what makes this place so dam great. Farrah all the best love!!

  • h20work

    Thanks for the update, really helped clear up a lot of the confusion.

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

    Sounds like a truly nice Brother…NOT… Jezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz John you the man…You the man…. Get well hon where all praying for you….

  • rambo

    never been more proud I be a chiver

  • DickFister

    I read the article on nbcnews.com. Pissed me the fuck off. Not only did they bash the fundraising organizations, but they never mentioned thechive.com nor its awesome followers.
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/07/27/129789
    (Note comment #15).

    To hell with them. Best wishes, Farrah. And congrats to all the chivers. You're fucking awesome!

    • Ferrous Bueller

      It's too bad really, everyone who commented (besides the chivers) was just spewing unsupported political nonsense. Oh well, random acts of chiveness are still fantastic, even if only a few people notice.

      • https://www.facebook.com/duane.petroski Duane D Petroski

        I really like the "random acts of chiveness" comment. John, maybe a new shirt is in order???

        • HatBomb

          the Chive, breaking the internet with goodwill.

    • HatBomb

      Pissed me off too, not that I much care that we Chivers didn't get the coverage, but that article was BS. As John points out, the crowdsourcing site is one of the best and their record is spotless. Typical of what passes for journalism in the US these days, one sided, poorly researched, hastily written, crap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/craig.robertson.9400984 Craig Robertson

        As John Stewart once said "…Sensationalist and lazy!"

        • Guest

          Not to be a jerk or anything… But what else do you expect out of NBC…. Probably the worst place to get info from

  • JohnnyBou

    Well said John. I’m sure Farrah’s brother and father are very concerned about her and obviously under stress. But we have faith in you and the Chive. Where you lead, we will follow. There’s a section of the prayer of St. Ignatius that I’m proud to say I think the Chive community follows:

    “To give and not to count the cost

    To fight and not to heed the wounds

    To toil and not to seek for rest

    To labor and not to ask for reward.”

    Thank you to the entire Chive office (yes, even you Mac) and all the Chivers out there for all you do for us and the world. Your goodwill is the hope and standard we hold the rest of humanity to.

    • serp30

      i was going to post about how we will follow John wherever he leads, but you've put it beautifully!! KCCO!

    • Rowdy_n_Playful

      St. Ignatius ROCKS! And so do you JohnnyBou…well stated. Peace Be with you.

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

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AND MOM TOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Woody

    i like Farrah's bewbs

    • Whorebait

      Have a bit more respect for this truly amazing woman plz…

    • therealguy

      *ASSHOLE!*

    • MrUpp07

      Have some class dude…..

    • mikeltn

      Give this guy a bit of a break, if we were seeing her in any other circumstances, we would all be agreeing. However, in the wake of her ordeal, thinking of her in such a manner is something that should be kept personal. Kind like the guys that wanted to see moar of Taylor Morris' girlfriend.

      • therealguy

        fuck that noise. shitheads with no morals and inappropriate behavior litter the internet with garbage. they don't deserve a break, other than breaking their computer, so they have to step outside, and learn how to socialize with the real world.

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