The Love for Aunika Fund

$3,940 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 33 months
Dear Vancouver (and beyond),
I am writing this as a community member for a poet, teacher and friend in need.

On October 16th, Leslie Stark, Aunika's loving mom posted this facebook status:

"My daughter, Aunika Stark-Kelly is in critical care right now. She was hit by a speeding car and has serious head trauma, fractured skull and pelvis, and other injuries."

Since then, Aunika has had critical surgery to relieve pressure on her brain. Her family and friends are sending their loving prayers and healing thoughts. At this time, her condition and long-term care needs remain uncertain.

As a mom of two young children, I imagine this time to be a scary and difficult one that most of us will never dream of facing.

Leslie is on watch 24 hours for her daughter Aunika's care. It is for this reason that we ask for any measure of donation that you, and those generous people within your network can manage, to help this family see their way through this time of crisis. It is unknown when either of them will be able to resume those daily activities that so many of us regularly take for granted. 

This help is much needed, cherished and accepted with the deepest gratitude.

Thank you for taking the time to read, share and donate.

Much Love,
Sonya Littlejohn
(a friend of Leslie Stark)
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From Dave Myles, organizer of the event on the 14th of November:
"The Nov 14th multi-charity fundraiser has been going on for over 12 years and has helped raise money for many excellent non-profit groups. I am especially pleased to add "For The Love Of Aunika Fund" to our group of benefactors. Please note that everyone who attends and buys a ticket for the Aunika fund, 100% of these proceeds will go to Aunika. If you have any questions about this please call me at 604 612-4688. Cheers: Dave Myles"
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On November 14, at the WISE HALL (1882 Adanac) there will be a 60's music themed multi-charity event benefitting this fund for Aunika.

It will feature:
Louise and Greg Weir Band
Abby and the Normals
The Bukowskis

For more info: contact Dave Myles (

From Leslie: "Aunika is improving, she's quite lucid now and wants very much to go home. I'm with her every day, because this is a lonely and difficult time for her and I want her to feel as loved and supported as possible. I showed her the campaign today and she was amazed by how many people care about her. "
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More from Leslie:

"Aunika Stark-Kelly has moved from ICU to HAU (High Acuity Unit) - this is very good. It means she's getting better. She's also more conscious and communicating, although her voice is still very quiet."

Now is a day that most kids would want to be out trick or treating. She may be missing out, but let's not let her be without candy.

Please share and donate.
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Via Leslie (Facebook update): "Good news. Aunika Stark-Kelly is improving. Swelling is continuing to subside, she is becoming more lucid, and they took her breathing tube out, she is breathing on her own (with a bit of extra oxygen). This is major progress. Also she is trying to talk, and her personality seems fairly intact - including her annoyance at being stuck in bed and having to do what the doctors tell her."

Thanks everyone for continuing to support with thoughts, prayers and care. Please share the news that she is improving.
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$3,940 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 33 months
Created October 21, 2015
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Katrina Dunn
31 months ago

To continued healing!!

32 months ago
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Adrienne & Kimberley Mark
32 months ago

Get well soon, Aunika.

32 months ago
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Christina Campbell
32 months ago

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Leslie Zenger
33 months ago

Hi Leslie, Aunika, Dave. Just a small donation so far. See what the needs will be.Love from Leslie

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