Noriko Nasu was attacked in Seattle's International District on Thursday, February 25. Knocked unconscious by a man wielding a rock in a sock, Ms. Nasu suffered multiple fractures to her nose, broken teeth, bruising and a concussion. Her partner, Mark Poffenbarger, was also injured in the attack, receiving multiple stitches for his wounds. This is being investigated as a racially motivated attack.
A Japanese teacher at Inglemoor High School, a mother & an accomplished photographer, Ms. Nasu now faces a long road to recovery, including expensive dental work that is likely not covered by insurance.
I do not personally know Ms. Nasu, but this unprovoked attack hit close to home. As a Northshore School District parent and a Japanese American, I am heavy-hearted by the rise in violence against Asians. Together with Chikako Misener, my son's Japanese teacher at Bothell High School, I have taken a few moments to organize this fundraiser as a conduit for others to share their support.
The beloved children's show host Mr. Rogers once advised, in times of trouble, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping."
If we each make a small contribution & share with our social circles, together we can be the helpers - we can be the light in Nasu-sensei's moment of darkness.
Thank you for your consideration. All proceeds will be given to Noriko Nasu to alleviate the burden of unforeseen expenses from this tragic incident.
For more information: KIRO 7 News Report
- Kristina DeLeo
Organizer and beneficiary
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