Big money raised on the web for shooting victim’s future medical bills
One of the victims of the Aurora movie theater tragedy has been presented with over $150,000 to help with future medical expenses.
Farrah Soudani was severely injured during the July 20 shootings and remains at University of Colorado Hospital.
On Friday, a friend of the Soudani family deposited the money in a newly created trust account that the 22-year-old can draw upon when she arrives home.
“It was a simple suggestion that came up about a website that I knew about and, hey, do you want to try to raise some money because this is really serious and it’s going to have a long term impact financially, and so I did,” said Victoria Albright.
That website, www.gofundme.com/help-farrah, was established the evening after the shootings. $37,000 was raised within three days. When the photo site thechive.com ran a story on Soudani, that amount soared to over $150,000.
“Words are just so inadequate to thank so many people,” said Heidi Soudani, Farrah’s mother and Albright’s friend. “The generosity, the kindness, the concern and the care of so many people is so deeply, deeply appreciated.”
“We couldn’t even concentrate on anything except for one thing, just Farrah’s being healthy again,” said Sam Soudani, Farrah’s father. “She (Albright) took it upon herself and she generated the money for Farrah and for that I’m in debt for the rest of my life.”
“I just had to do it,” said Albright during a Friday afternoon news conference. “It just came naturally to help.”
CU Hospital has promised to cover the medical expenses of shooting victims while they’re at the facility. The Soudanis, who said their daughter faces a long road to recovery, said the donations will be critical to paying for high expected medical bills in the future.
Story by Hendrik Sybrandy