Healing Helpers Fund for Tina McDowelle (UPDATED)

Tina’s making great progress in her healing journey, and our fundraiser is also advancing toward it’s goal.  THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed so far.  WE JUST NEED A FINAL PUSH!!  Her doctors are happy with her body’s physical progress and Tina is finding emotional healing from this traumatic experience through her creative writing.  We can’t wait to see how Tina transforms this trauma to triumph!  Thank you again to everyone who has supported Tina in all forms of her healing.



I must let go of this before the New Year -

On Black Friday, November 29th, 2019, at 6pm, I was shot in the chest. I was walking my dog and a buddy’s pup, with two good friends, across the street from my loft by USC.
The bullet collapsed my lung, severely lacerated my liver, punctured my diaphragm, broke my ribs and exited out my back. I almost died. And a part of me definitely did.

The police have no information. NONE. I have 5 theories.. but that’s for another day. And they are just that, theories.
But what I know for sure is, my FAMILY and FRIENDS are the best healers to ever live. Thank you for the LOVE, the visits, prayers, flowers, gifts, phone calls, well wishes and your time.
To the doctors that saved my life.. THANK YOU, I’m in awe of your compassion and your genius. To the nurses that held my hand when I couldn’t take the pain..THANK YOU so much. You’re my ANGELS.

DAY 31
People, those first 9 minutes as I laid on that cement, waiting for the ambulance, not able to breathe, bleeding profusely, in excruciating pain.. OH THE THOUGHTS THAT RAN THROUGH MY HEAD as the LIFE was slowly leaving my body! I don’t have the words to articulate it at this time. But what is clear is God breathed life back in to me for a reason. I’m happy to be here to figure out what GOD’s PLAN for me truly is.
I always loved people, but I now feel so connected to YOU ALL. YOU ARE MY VILLAGE, MY COMMUNITY and I LOVE YOU! I’m here y’all! I’m here!!! HEALING so quickly. Because you made me feel SO LOVED! LOVE IS POWERFUL! 

A big thank you to my wonderful sisters who started this GoFundme. I’m eternally grateful. Give if you feel compelled or can. But know that if you send me Love with your mind and heart, I feel that too. That’s the real wealth and it’s PRICELESS.

I Love ya! Happy New Year! @ Los Angeles, California



On November 29th, 2019, our DEAR EFFERVESCENT SISTER, Christina “Tina” McDowelle, became yet another victim of senseless gun violence. At approximately 6pm, while walking her dog just a block away from her place near USC in downtown Los Angeles, Tina was SHOT IN THE CHEST. The bullet entered her right side, cracking her ribs, deflating her right lung, severely lacerating her liver, puncturing her diaphragm, and exiting through her back. 

This gunshot wound could have ended fatally, but MIRACULOUSLY it did not and Tina survived.  She spent 10 days in the hospital where she endured 8 days of an extremely painful tube lodged in her chest cavity, draining the internal bleeding, and training her right lung to inflate again. 

LAPD has yet to provide leads on the perpetrators of this heinous crime and a Private Investigator will be needed to help speed up the process of catching the criminal(s) involved.

Gratefully, Tina is now out of the hospital. However, she is still in pain and will be unable to work for months as it is still difficult for her to catch her breath.  The road to recovery from this trauma will be a journey, both physically and mentally.  

Please donate to help raise at least $20k to cover the following expenses as Tina embarks on her healing journey:


The outpouring of LOVE Tina received from all of her family and friends, near and far, has continued to keep her LIGHT bright and her energy renewed.  Tina is extremely grateful for her “Village” and appreciates all the compassion and kindness she has received  - Past, Present, and Future.

In addition to your monetary contribution, we encourage you to donate blood, as it will make a difference in saving someone’s life.

Please remember that every day is a gift. 

Thank You!

Donations (236)

  • Lindsay Shields
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team: Friends of Tina (9)

Crescent Muhammad
Raised $2,681 from 27 donations
Los Angeles, CA
Christina McDowelle
Anne Land
Team member
Raised $1,150 from 20 donations
LeShay Boyce
Team member
Raised $950 from 10 donations
Karimah Westbrook
Team member
Raised $585 from 9 donations
Jamila Scarlett
Team member
Raised $215 from 4 donations

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