UPDATE: As of August 2015: Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me achieve my original goal! All your support has allowed me to reach a point in my recovery where I can start college this fall! I'm excited to face this new challenge ahead, and keeping up with my therapy is necessary to help me succeed, which means I still need your support.
My recovery is challenge that I continue to be dedicated to, but the ongoing journey means ongoing expenses – many of which are not covered by insurance. For that reason I'm expanding my financial goal and asking for your continued support. The attention it brings to my story is also serving a greater purpose - contributing to building a world where compassion overtakes violence and hate. We are creating more empathy for other LGBT people who have experiences that are similar to mine.
The kindness shown to me by friends, family, and the people around the world who believe in me has inspired me to keep pushing through and working hard to recover. Knowing that such a supportive community is out there is immensely encouraging for me through moments good and bad. I could not be more appreciative of everything you have done for me so far. Thank you all!
For more information about Kristene’s rehabilitation, the 2012 shooting, the 2014 arrests, and her book: http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/programs-specialties/outpatient-rehabilitationhttp://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-lesbian-couple-survivor-remembers-night-shooting/story?id=16689655http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/authorities-arrest-man-who-allegedly-shot-lesbian-teen-couple-texas-n137491http://www.csandage.com/kristene-chapa