Ellen Zban, multiple shot victim

$10,287 of $15k goal

Raised by 162 people in 12 days
Babs Sassafras
on behalf of Ellen Zban
 YOUNGSTOWN, OH
This past Monday evening, at around 7pm, Ellen Zban was pulling into her driveway, arriving home as usual, when a man approached her armed with a gun and demanded her wallet. Before she could comply, he shot her three times at point-blank range, once in the face, once in the shoulder, and once in the arm. Left for dead, Ellen mustered up the incredible strength to call 911 herself. Help arrived and she was rushed to the hospital. By some miracle, Ellen survived. But this is only the first battle of many to come.

The next steps for Ellen include being transported to Cleveland to undergo a series of surgeries to reconstruct her face and arm. Her arm will require a significant amount of rehabilitation before she is able to regain functionality. Happily though, with the appropriate support, the doctors DO believe Ellen can make a full recovery in time. We are all very thankful and relieved that Ellen is on the road to recovery but she needs our help as a community to support her through this incredibly trying time.  

Perhaps most inspiring is that, despite all of this, Ellen refuses to identify as a victim. She has never wavered from her positive mindset and her positive energy has been infectious to those around her. She is a survivor that is ready to take all the forthcoming challenges head-on!

We are asking you to please donate any amount of money to help Ellen as she navigates this journey.

Who is Ellen? 

Anyone who knows Ellen understands that she is an advocate for compassion and community building. She focuses all of her time and energy on animal advocacy and is a co-founder of the Mahoning Valley Vegan group, in which she brings members of her community together to raise awareness to the suffering of animals. She also works closely with animal rescue groups in the Youngstown area. Any friend of her has heard of “The Beast”, her dog Riley/master of destruction – despite all the trials and tribulations he has put her through, she simply refuses give up on him. So, we are asking the community to not give up on Ellen and give her the support she needs to make it through this horrible event.

Reasons for money:

Help defray medical costs including her emergency medical costs, follow up surgeries, rehabilitation, and personal support/home care.  

Pay for a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who did this to Ellen. As of now, the shooter is unknown and at large. UPDATE: A family member asked me to communicate that anyone interested in contributing to this in particular should contact Canine Crusaders, as they are the ones who are controlling the reward funds.

Help Ellen pay living costs - Her injuries will leave her with reduced mobility and will require a significant amount of rehab. So Ellen will not be able to go to work right away and will need to pay for rent, utilities, food, and transportation support.

Help support her animals - Ellen saved multiple cats and her sweet pup, Riley (a.k.a. The Beast - a 100 lb. mutt full of love and destruction). Surely, Ellen will not be able to care for Riley on her own due to her injuries and his size. Ellen currently has someone who graciously volunteered to care for Riley in the short term, but she may need money to help defray future costs of a helper to care for Riley and her rescue cats while she recovers.
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Patty Desimone
11 days ago

So sorry this happened to you Ellen. Both Pat & I wish you a very speedy and healthy recovery. Best wishes.

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Linda Specht Fleming
12 days ago

Contact he state Victims of Crime Dept. There are monies there Ellen may be eligible for! So sorry this happened. Healing prayers.

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Sandie Sajner
12 days ago

Ellen is a Saint and it is incomprehensible that anyone would ever harm her in any way. I am sharing this gofundme account to all my friends, family and those that see it can help, too. This is when you know that your money is going directly to Ellen to help in any expenses that she is accruing. She is one of the finest people on this planet earth.

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$10,287 of $15k goal

Raised by 162 people in 12 days
Created February 9, 2017
Babs Sassafras  
on behalf of Ellen Zban
MD
$100
Mary Lou Dale
1 hour ago

Ellen, prayers for complete healing. Mary Lou Vett from high school.

ED
$20
Evan DaSilva
11 hours ago
$50
Anonymous
13 hours ago
AS
$50
allan stirling
13 hours ago
LC
$100
Lynette Cadle
22 hours ago
LK
$100
Laura and Larry Karns
1 day ago
CV
$50
Carl Vimmerstedt
1 day ago
WH
$100
Wanda Huberman
1 day ago

Mark and I wish you continued progress in your recovery. You are an inspiration of courage and grace to everyone who knows you and even to many who have just had the opportunity to watch how you have handled this horrific act of violence.

$20
Anonymous
1 day ago
DJ
$100
David Jones
2 days ago

We are sending prayers Ellen! Keep the faith and keep us posted on your success!

Patty Desimone
11 days ago

So sorry this happened to you Ellen. Both Pat & I wish you a very speedy and healthy recovery. Best wishes.

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Linda Specht Fleming
12 days ago

Contact he state Victims of Crime Dept. There are monies there Ellen may be eligible for! So sorry this happened. Healing prayers.

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Sandie Sajner
12 days ago

Ellen is a Saint and it is incomprehensible that anyone would ever harm her in any way. I am sharing this gofundme account to all my friends, family and those that see it can help, too. This is when you know that your money is going directly to Ellen to help in any expenses that she is accruing. She is one of the finest people on this planet earth.

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