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

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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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  • Joshua

    I knew becoming apart of the Chive community was the best choice I have ever made. Awesome place theChive is. So glad she is in such high spirits. Yes theChive speaks for its self.
    No media can ever change that. KCCO and Chive On!! Chive Charities will be the best charity website ever. Chive ON!

  • Jon

    This is why its the best damn site period.

  • Jon

    This is what makes me proud to be a Chiver. Its really nice to know that together we are lessening the financial struggles of those in need so they can concentrate moar important things like recovery. KCCO

  • Truth

    This whole situation is fucking ridiculous, not only do these mass shottings keep happening, but the thought that the government dosen't automatically take care of the victims medical expenses is both unbelievable and disgusting in equal measure.

    • joe

      The government didn't shoot her.

  • guy

    Taylor Morris is awesome. Glad to see some more progress for that guy.

    But as far as the Farrah "donations" go, I feel like her family isn't really as grateful for all theChive did for them as they could be. Yeah they briefly mentioned it, but seriously, if some strangers we're pouring in money to help me get well. I would be thanking them non-stop because without them, I would be in huge financial trouble. Not saying that I expect recognition for my donations, but feel like there should be more appreciation coming from the receiving side. Just seems like the appropriate thing to do in my opinion…

    • Broz

      theChive isnt about mainstream though, my guess is that she was asked to not mention it, to keep the chive community what it is and to keep the douchebags out

  • https://www.facebook.com/sirplease Christopher Calloway

    Glad to see she's recovering well

  • cleojones

    KKCO.. all the way!!!

  • chrisallen24

    makes me proud to be a chiver!!! helluva job everybody!!!!!

  • Brittany

    I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community

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

    John, Leo and the rest of thechive.com I have been around with yall for sometime almost from the start I'm thinking but who am I…. You guys and the rest of the chives and are sexy chivette's really have made this place a home..one I make sure I see daily and if I miss I sure make sure I catch up. I pass this site on as much as I can..To let the people I know that this place is the only place on line to really enjoy your self and see some great things in life happen, God bless to all that give and enjoy the site as much as I do. John you are right, This place is a very nice touch to a really messed up world. And as long as I have been around you guys you keep making it better. Right on to you all.. Much love from Your Chive.

    • Broz

      Chive On brother! Chive On!

  • Maximus

    Why is no one talking about how smoking hot Farrah is? Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!

    • Victoria

      Agreed, Maximus! Farrah is, indeed, beautiful!

  • Michael

    BFM would be proud. well done. get well soon farrah

  • joe

    I think she will sue the movie theater get a shitload of money from the lawsuit and not need the money from all the caring generous chivers but she will keep it anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.leighton.90 James Leighton

    That is awesome guys, I love it when groups refuse to give in to the negativity that permeates almost everything now days……CHIVE ON

  • GlobeSwatter

    So proud to be a Chiver. I love everything about this community but it's things like this that really make it special.

  • Mic

    Awesome!!! Glad that Farrah is on the road to recovery, she looks GREAT! Happy and in good spirits! Does anyone know whats happening with the father and son who protected her?? How much was raised for them? It is too late to donate?? Update! Update!

  • Powercat03

    absolutely amazing! I love the Chive. KCCO!

  • layne25348

    Love all you guys.

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  • 6KJr

    its nice to see her smiling after all shes been through.

  • Galen

    I am so glad to be part of this CHIVE community.

  • Shifty

    Thanks to all the Chivers and Chivettes out there!! Love you all!! From a loyal Denver Chiver.

  • MI_Brewer

    Happy to be part of it all. Super heros do not need recognition. KCCO and Release the Kraken!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.a.joel Ryan Joel


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