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Dave Shellnutt's Recovery Fund

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Created January 4, 2019
On New Year's Eve, our friend and comrade Dave Shellnutt was seriously injured in a terrible assault. He was taken to the hospital where he remains in the ICU with significant injuries. Dave's condition is still critical and his road to recovery will be long and full of uncertainty. Unfortunately, Dave does not have any short-term or long-term disability benefits through his employer. This means that Dave will have no income while he goes through his lengthy recovery process. This GoFundMe is being organized to ease the financial burden on Dave and his immediate family. 

Since news of Dave's injuries became public there has been a huge outpouring of love and support. There are so many ways the people who love Dave describe him: son, brother, partner, social justice warrior, surfer, cyclist, lawyer and friend. He has a kind and loyal heart and relentless zeal for justice. He has touched so many lives, and now we have an opportunity to show him our support.  

Many have asked what you can do to help. Dave’s family remains focused entirely on his recovery and has not had the opportunity to comprehend the huge financial consequences of Dave's injuries. As you can all appreciate, Dave has various monthly bills that will now fall to his family to handle, not to mention the costs associated with his recovery.  

As his friends, colleagues and fellow advocates, we can assist by helping shoulder some of the financial weight of Dave's injuries so his family can continue to focus exclusively on his progress and rehabilitation. No doubt many of you likely know Dave as an overly generous person with his time and money. Now, more than ever, is the time to return that favour. 

We are profoundly thankful to anyone who can contribute - no amount is too small.

We will keep you updated on his progress.
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A final message from Dave Shellnutt:

Today, I write my final GoFundMe update. Tomorrow I will be back at home, permanently, to focus on getting my life back together and healing from all this. I do not recall much of the early days (naturally) but from all that I hear from friends, family and doctors, this has all been quite miraculous and positive, my recovery that is. I feel blessed for that. I have a deep sense of positivity moving forward and I relish the chance to overcome the obstacles ahead. I have even sourced a helmet to protect my noggin while surfing off the Scarborough Bluffs!

I wanted to write to you all again en masse and say one final thank you and farewell for now. Without a doubt you will hear more from me through my more career focused writings and online persona. However, I wanted to share one last recovery post with all of you. Each morning for the last two weeks, after I did my laps of the hospital, I would turn on my computer. I logged into GoFundMe and wrote as many individual "thank yous" as my brain could handle that day. I looked forward to doing that each morning to test and push myself. It helped me get familiar with my computer again. Sometimes, I was able to take time to respond wittingly back to people. Most of the time I used it as an opportunity to attempt to express my deep sense of appreciation and share my emotions with people. I think all of this was excellent rehab. It was also the perfect way to start each day. Reading message after message from people who cared enough about me to reach out and show support really inspired me and lifted my spirits. The smile on my face from those sessions lasted throughout each day. Thank you for that. I finished my "thank yous" yesterday and so with that we will be closing the campaign and begin applying the donations to my post-hospital treatment.

What's next? Well from a medical perspective I still need to get a bunch of hardware removed from my mouth. Later in the month I have an appointment with the neurosurgeon (who saved my life). I am really looking forward to that, not only to give him a really nice bottle of wine but hopefully to get the green light that things upstairs are ok and I can move on with life. Of course there will be residual effects, which I will address with private treatment, but a green light on my health would mean the world to me.

Aside from that, I am looking forward to getting back to my life! I have missed spending time (outside of hospital) with my loved ones, marching in protests with my friends, and following the bike scene in Toronto. Re-engaging with all that will be such a relief. I look forward to getting back to my clients and working on their cases. I'm fortunate to have a very interesting and people's rights' focused practice, so I'm itching to get back to that. I think I have learned a lot throughout this ordeal, not only as a survivor of violence, but as a patient at a recovery hospital. I think that will all go a long way.

Here's to you, here's to life.
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[Please find another update from Dave Shellnutt below]:

I write this on the dawn of my 6th day at a rehab hospital in Toronto. I continue to be amazed by the facilities and staff that injured people have access to in our society. It takes a significant amount of stress out of my recovery knowing I have great people and tools to help me. Most of my days are spent doing laps of the floor, similar to a mall walker. I am pleased beyond measure by this because about 10 days ago the good people in the ICU were only beginning to re-teach me how to walk. I feel the distance between those first unsure steps and my paces now. My days then consist of being bombarded with brain games and puzzles. If I have to compare one more set of images I tell you! I am kidding, though difficult these activities are vital to my recovery.

After each day's rehab, I am thankfully surrounded by family and friends. We laugh and talk about how uncertain it was just a few days ago. How close I was to not coming back. That I think, is my largest recovery hurdle. The emotional side of it all. As a lawyer who specializes in assisting folks who have experienced trauma I imagine coming to grips with what has happened will take the most effort and strength. I anticipate this, rather than physical treatment, will consume many hours of my post-rehab facility life. So again, I say thanks to you all for supporting me and ensuring I will have the means to access the right treatment.

In addition to the emotional trauma, I find myself frustrated that the people who did this to me have not been apprehended. I know all to well that I should focus solely on my medical rehabilitation. However, I often find my mind turning to the incident and these men. I hope for a productive investigation and for justice to prevail.

On that note, I will take a breath and prepare myself for a day of brain teasers. Thanks again everyone and I look forward to updating you in person soon.
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[We are very pleased to bring you a message from the man himself, Dave Shellnutt]:

As I sit in the early darkness of the hospital, a few days and a few steps away from nearly dying I am keenly aware of 3 things I wanted to share with everyone:

The hospital staff is all-star in quality. I really feel supported by these professionals.

Second, I am in awe and forever thankful for all the support and protection my family and friends have provided me. My brother left his life in Revelstoke B.C. the same night I was attacked and has been here since running point for me. My mom and I also appreciate everyone keeping her company and fed. And to Allie, my partner, I thank you for pushing through the trauma and being there.

Finally, this week I was shown this campaign, and I think I cry-laughed. Proudly imagining I didn’t need the support but floored that you were all so generous. It’s hard to say what your hard earned dollars sent my way mean, especially behind all these tears but it is shocking and I feel loved.

I am walking now but still in pain and intubated. I am finally taking guests but am easily overwhelmed (and yes, I had some help writing this out).

It is becoming clear that though I’m progressing well it will be a long road of recovery and rehabilitation. Your support of this campaign has made this path ahead of me that much smoother and reduced my stresss significantly. It is, and will always be, impossible to say thank you enough.

Thank you for your care, concern and wild generosity. It has made this much more manageable. Any thing left over will go to trauma counselling for my family or the victims of violence campaigns.

You have made this broken face smile, thank you.

Dave
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The below update is courtesy of David's family:

It is difficult to put into words the amount of love and support everyone has shown during this difficult time. It is truly amazing to see how many lives David has touched.

All of you know how strong, courageous, and stubborn David can be...and it’s showing! David is making great progress in such a small amount of time. Every day another obstacle is overcome. He is conscious, moving, and communicating.

Your love, thoughts, and support are a large part of this progress.

Thank you,
David’s family
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Raised by 615 people in 2 months
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