Ellen Zban, multiple shot victim

$11,024 of $15k goal

Raised by 172 people in 1 month
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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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$11,024 of $15k goal

Raised by 172 people in 1 month
Created February 9, 2017
Babs Sassafras  
on behalf of Ellen Zban
JC
$250
John Ciavarella
7 days ago
JM
$77
James Mulderig
15 days ago

Ellen, I just heard what had happened yesterday and was sickened by it. Hope your journey of recovery is continuing. Jim

$100
Pam Lilak
22 days ago
$5
Marleen Zipay
22 days ago
DA
$77
Denise Abboud
22 days ago
$15
Lee Ann Heltzel
26 days ago

I don't know Ellen, but I do know and love Maria and Calvin! We are all connected in Love. Lee Ann

$38
Sarah Anne
26 days ago

Prayers for a speedy recovery.

NE
$100
Norma Elias
28 days ago

Prayers for a full recovery....

JS
$50
jerry strong
1 month ago

Heal baby heal! May your good works continue on.

AA
$25
Anonymous Anonymous
1 month ago

May the goodness of many triumph over the evil of one.

Patty Desimone
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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