On Sunday, July 22, our dear Danielle ("Dani") Kane sustained a life-altering gunshot wound in the shooting on the Danforth in Toronto's Greektown.
Here's what happened that night on the Danforth:
Dani and her boyfriend were treating a good friend to dinner at 7Numbers restaurant when they first heard gunshots. A woman came into the restaurant saying there was a girl on the street who had been shot. Her boyfriend, an ER nurse, knew he could help and sprung into action, exiting through a side door. Dani, a nursing student herself, wanted to help and followed, unbeknownst to him. A few steps out of the door, her boyfriend turned and made eye contact with the shooter. He recalls hearing a clicking sound and seeing him lift his arms towards him. He ducked behind a patio table but then heard a scream. Dani had just opened the door and was shot in the doorway of the restaurant. Her boyfriend looked over to see her on the ground, went to her and brought her back inside the restaurant with the help of others. He began administering first aid. Within two minutes the police were on the scene. It all happened so fast. Dani was the last civilian shot that evening.
Dani’s smile and infectious energy, lights up every room. She’s a lively, rambunctious, determined and ambitious young woman who worked as an ER clerk at Toronto East General Hospital and recently completed her first year studying nursing. Anyone who knows her, knows that Dani is never still. She loves to travel, hike and dance. And her natural generosity and warmth gives her the special ability to make everyone she meets feel important and loved. Opinionated and strong-willed, she always champions those in need. Now, at the young age of 31, Dani faces the most difficult challenge of her life.
The bullet struck and shattered Dani's T11 vertebrae and punctured her diaphragm and stomach. She has undergone three surgeries with another scheduled later this Friday. She is currently in the ICU with constant supervision. Her prognosis is that she is expected to survive but may never be able to walk again.
Dani left the safety of the restaurant to see if she could help someone in need.
This is who she is. We are proud of her courageous and selfless act and yet, we are also unsurprised at her actions because she always stands up for those who need help and advocates for those who are most marginalized in our society.
Now, we ask you to help stand up for Dani.
Dani’s life has been changed forever. She will require new housing, months or years of rehabilitation and specialized care. To assist Dani and her boyfriend with the extraordinary upcoming costs, we have launched a GoFundMe campaign called #DaniStrong: Stand up for Dani. We, her family, ask you to consider donating to our campaign to help our dear Dani as she heals and rebuilds her life.
According to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, the cost for the first year of paraplegia is around $518,000 US with costs around $69,000US each subsequent year. These costs do not include indirect costs like loss of wages (estimated at $72,000 per year in 2014). Some of Dani’s costs will be covered by insurance but there will also be a lot of out-of-pocket expenses.
Dani has always been a generous person and now, she needs to rely on the generosity of others.
If you are able, we ask that you donate what you can to help Dani and her boyfriend step into this new and challenging phase in their life. Every dollar helps and no contribution is too small.
If you are unable to give financially at this time, we ask that you help share this campaign and Dani’s story on social media. And of course, we always welcome your positive thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for care and your help.
The Kane Family
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