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Dave Shellnutt's Recovery Fund

$73,843 of $1 goal

Raised by 570 people in 11 days
Created January 4, 2019
Fundraising Team
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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Update 2
Posted by Jennifer O’Dell
2 days ago
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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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Update 1
Posted by David Clarke
8 days ago
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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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$73,843 of $1 goal

Raised by 570 people in 11 days
Created January 4, 2019
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