Support Kyle's Recovery After Shooting

$10,687 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 218 people in 1 month
Created April 4, 2019
At 9 pm on Tuesday April 2nd, my friend Kyle Garchar was the victim of a brutal and random act of violence. While working on his car right in front of his home in Bucktown, 4 masked men approached him demanding his keys. When he couldn't find them, they shot him in the leg. Kyle's girlfriend Ellen had to run outside and apply a tourniquet made from his belt. This entire experience has been surreal and traumatizing.

Yesterday Kyle underwent surgery to repair his shattered Tibia. Doctors have not said when he can go home from the hospital, only that he will be in an exterior fixator cast and unable to walk for 8 weeks. We all know insurance does not cover all medical costs especially in a sudden and very expensive situation like this. Kyle has always been there for me, I've created this fundraiser to help with his medical bills in the hopes they can be one less thing for him to worry about in this trying time.
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Hi everyone,

I want to start by thanking everyone that has supported me through the last 3 weeks. I love you all so much. I’m incredibly fortunate to have so many caring friends, family and neighbors in my life. I’m in complete and total awe by the amount of support I’ve received from everyone. Words can’t express how much I appreciate the hundreds of texts, Facebook messages, tweets & letters from so many people. I never imagined so much good could come from such a horrible thing, and it’s because of all of you.

My recovery has been going really well so far, but I’ve still got a long road ahead. As long as everything continues healing as expected, I’ll be able to start walking again in about 5 weeks. Unfortunately this means I’ll likely need to take some unpaid time off work. Because of this, we’re increasing the gofundme goal to help with living expenses until I’m (literally) back on my feet.

A few days ago I spoke with a reporter from Block Club Chicago, and she put together a really great article about my experience, so please read it! The URL can be found below.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/04/23/neighbors-raise-10k-for-man-29-shot-during-attempted-carjacking-in-bucktown-all-things-considered-im-very-lucky/

Finally, I’ll be having a belated birthday / recovery party this Saturday April 27th at my apartment, so if you’re in the area - please stop by. We’ll be kicking things off around 6PM, and I’d love to see everyone!

Thank you again for all of your love and support.

Kyle Garchar
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Raised by 218 people in 1 month
Created April 4, 2019
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