Farrah Soudani thanks the Chivers (6 Photos, 2 Videos)

A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Farrah Soudani, a 22 year-old girl badly injured in the theater shootings in Aurora, CO. Farrah's injuries were so extensive nobody knew if the fragile girl would live; she lost a kidney, her spleen, and her left leg needed reconstructing. Farrah had no medical insurance.

After the shootings, hundreds of Chivers from Colorado contacted me about Farrah and we took immediate action and posted Farrah's story. I sent the Chivers to a GoFundMe donation page set up for Farrah by Victoria Albright, a family friend who took the initiative to set up the page with Farrah's mother's blessing. Within two days, the Chivers had donated more than $160,000 to Farrah, a record for GoFundMe.

On Friday, the money was successfully transferred into an Irrevocable Special Needs Trust in Farrah's name. Immediately after, both sides of Farrah's family, Mother Heidi and Father Sam Soudani, joined together at press conference to tell Farrah's story and publicly thank the Chivers (videos below).

Since that time, the hospital has forgiven Farrah's hospital bills but Farrah now faces a lifetime of expensive rehab, both mental and physical. Her once-hazy future has been made much brighter by the Chivers amazing generosity.

Farrah has a long road ahead of her, she is yet to walk and but she is determined to overcome any obstacles in order to return her life to normal again. The Chivers have helped pave the way. Farrah sent these photos to me and asked me to thank all the Chivers for what they've done. You stepped up and helped when she needed it the most.

On a personal note, many of you know that I grant very few interviews. We are the underground social network and I don't need mainstream media to spread the word of theCHIVE. I choose instead to let theCHIVE speak for itself. Leo and I decided a long time ago that it would be the positive actions of the Chive community that would spread theCHIVE good word in hopes, of course, that the Chivers would continue to be the positive place it remains today.

And you haven't let us down, your generosity and kind spirit has changed people's lives and theCHIVE continues to make the world a better place one Chive On at a time. Because the Chivers have demanded to help others in need more often, we have created a new non-profit worthy of the Chivers prodigious capacity for helping others, Chive Charities. We're manning up.

In the coming weeks, we will unveil Chive Charities, theCHIVE's official in-house charity, it will be the new mouthpiece for the underprivileged, it will give a voice to the orphaned disorders of the world, and it will change the charity paradigm forever.

Too often these days, charitable donations go to bloated "general funds" and trickle down to the individual only after greedy execs and lavish overheads pluck your money. Online charity threatens the old model, as well it should, and Chive Charities will lead the charge.

For the uninitiated, few understand the core that makes theCHIVE tick, it's just a website they say, it just posts funny photos and hot chicks, right? I just smile and nod. Because I know something they don't.


John n' Leo

Donate to Farrah RIGHT HERE.

Enjoy the media coverage below about theCHIVERS “Remarkable fundraising effort.” Donate to Farrah RIGHT HERE.

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  • JimBob

    A special needs trust? W-T-F?!?!?! That means that none of the money can go to medical bills or rehab.

    • JimBob


      Article provided by Denver Colorado Estate Planning Attorney – Olsen & Traeger, LLP Attorneys and Counselors at Law

      The basic purpose of a "special needs trust" (also known as a supplemental needs trust) is to provide benefits, by means of a trust, to a beneficiary who would otherwise lose eligibility for public assistance (Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid). The beneficiary is one who qualifies for public assistance by reason of some disability that makes that person unable to hold meaningful employment and with insufficient assets to provide adequate support. "Special needs trust" is a general term describing a number of trusts designed to meet the above stated purpose.

      What is a Special Needs Trust?

      The simple definition of special or supplemental needs is anything that constitutes non-support items. In other words, paying for anything the beneficiary wants for personal use that is not in the category of food or shelter (support expenses). A trust that is deemed special needs cannot provide food or shelter expenses or the trust will be deemed an available resource.

      Support expenditures are defined in the Social Security Procedures and Operations Manual System (POMS).
      It is easy to say no food or shelter but it can be tricky. For example, basic utilities such as gas, water and electricity are basic shelter expenses that cannot be paid by the trust. Utilities such as telephone and cable service are not basic and can be paid by the trust.
      Food cannot be purchased by the trust, but food supplements can. Non-consumable items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies and personal care items can be provided by the trust.
      Personal use by the beneficiary is important. If the beneficiary wishes to purchase something that is a legitimate purchase for the trust but intends it to be used by someone else, the purchase may not be allowed.
      As of March 9, 2005, there is no limit on the value of household goods as long as they are reasonably necessary for the person to live in his or her residence. Computers, furniture, and appliances are acceptable purchases.
      Purchase and maintenance of a motor vehicle, as well as paying the insurance is allowable. A motor vehicle is an exempt resource if used for the beneficiary. Other transportation expenses may be paid by the trust.
      Travel expenses, including a companion, can be paid by the trust. Travel expenses may include travel, accommodations and meals.

    • Robby

      Good point, way to F**k up the Chiver's charitable intent, guys. She cannot pay any medical bills with the money in a SNT.

  • thorsky

    Excellent work as usual CHIVE……….now lets get her healthy so she can participate in MIND THE GAP in the future!!!

  • goldfinger0957

    Made me so proud to be a chiver!

  • Test4Echo

    This makes be proud to be a Chiver! Way to go! And thumbs up for Chive Charities!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alessandro.cocchetto Alessandro Cocchetto

    This community is just plain awesome =)

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

    This is fantastic stuff. Chivers reaffirm my faith in humanity on a daily basis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.wickles John Chadwick

    Excellent news! Hopefully her brother gave her the St. Paddy's KCCO shirt I gave them.

  • gregory

    i was so glad to see an update on farrah,thanks guys …Farrah get well,

  • bob

    You cannot stop the Chive !!!! Much respect to the fellow Chivers on truly being there for people in need ❤

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=744845703 David Allen

    Feels great to be a part of something like the Chive. KCCO!!!

  • redman12

    @6 I love this community. It's amazing how this website can change someone's life. It's truly "probably the best site in the world"

  • redman12

    #6 I love this community. It's amazing how this website can change someone's life. It's truly "probably the best site in the world"
    Read more at http://thechive.com/2012/08/20/farrah-soudani-tha

  • Jwong35

    Way to step up to the plate, give chivers and chivettes an outlet and we will all step up as well. Chive on Farrah your doing awesome!!

  • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

    We. Rule.


  • Chris

    This is one of the greatest things I have ever seen, you guys and The Chive are truly incredible

  • https://www.facebook.com/Dr.Gordon.Freeman Steve Saunders

    Good Work Chivers, made me extra happy today!

    I keep wearing my BFM's with major pride and proudly exclaim -CHIVE ON! to any and all comers…

    At a concert on the weekend – had my BFM on and rocking – Very proudly high fived everyone who yelled "Chive On!" or "Hey! BFM!!" – I will continue to do so, no matter where I am.

  • spinnyb

    Love the story, Chivers are awesome
    Get well soon Farrah

    BTW if it means anything, the Chive app could use a little work, It only shows pics no story or text for posts like these, but still great for random pics of hot girls and funny things

  • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

    Your monologue was well-stated, John. Your final paragraph really hit home. We Chivers know how to have fun, enjoy what's on the site, but the best thing is that we know how to step up to the plate when called. We step up. Our compassion is unmatched anywhere. I'm proud to be a Chiver.


  • Rob R.

    I am soooooo proud to call myself a Chiver. You all rock!!!!! KCCO EVERYONE

  • http://www.facebook.com/nate.woodard.35 Nate Woodard

    I am nothing short of truly honored to be apart of such a community. KCCO Farrah.

  • Shane

    I have those damn watery eyes again. The is one of the greatest websites around for this reason. The willingness to help others in need without expecting anything in return. Thanks Chive for your generosity. It is truly amazing what you guys do.

  • LuvsHorror

    I love you, Chive. You are one of the charities I will always give to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.gehrke.3 Brandon Gehrke

    I live in Aurora, CO. Does anyone know if she's still in the hospital? Which one? I would love to personally deliver some flowers to one of our Chivettes!

    • http://www.facebook.com/j.wickles John Chadwick

      Brandon, she's back at home now.

    • http://www.gofundme.com/help-farrah Victoria


      Farrah is still in The hospital, but you may send flowers to:

      Farrah's Fund
      8357 N. Rampart Range Road
      Roxborough, CO 80125

      Thank you! KCCO

  • Soldasd
  • fish

    Proud to be a part of this Community. Proud to be able to help people like Farrah. Don't care if I sound cornball – this is how America should be!
    There, I said it.
    Now, Chive On!
    Brooklyn, NY

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