Today I want to thank everyone who supported this fundraising effort.
Last fall I found out that the fundraising effort for Farrah Soudani was nominated for the first annual Crowdfundie Award, presented at the 2013 Global Crowdfunding Conference and Bootcamp.
Recently I was notified that the campaign won first prize in the Charitable Causes category.
I am grateful for everyone who voted, and am humbled at this recognition. I celebrate all of you, the gracious and generous donors, who are responsible for assisting Farrah as she moves forward with her life, and achieves all of her hopes and dreams.
It was one year ago today , just after midnight, on July 20, 2012, that one of the most horrific tragedies in American history occurred. Friends, families, adults, and children went very innocently to watch a movie; never imagining the horror that would unfold.
It was a night that would take lives, change lives, and affect people not only in our nation, but around the world. People came together to support those whom they never heard of and would never meet, but still they poured our their hearts in prayer, opened their wallets to contribute, and stood in solidarity and compassion for all of those affected by this terrible event.
It is my wish to everyone who reads this post, that the healing continue, and that you remember to forgive, but not forget, and to love, cherish, and hold your loved ones close, and remember to offer support, a helping hand, or merely a smile to every stranger you pass by. You never know what they are going through, and your simple act of compassion may provide the hope needed in that moment.
Thank you to everyone who has voted so far! It looks like some have only liked this page, but you have to scroll down to cast your vote. You can vote daily, if you like. Thank you for your support. Here is an easy link for voting. http://bit.ly/157QN9C
It is a great honor to be notified that the fundraising campaign that I started for Farrah Soudani, in the aftermath of the Colorado Theater Shooting was nominated for an award in the first annual Crowdfundie Awards, falling under the Charitable Causes Campaign section.
It has been a long while since I made a post here. I had intended to close this site last December, but Heidi asked me to keep it open, and of course I did. I'm glad that I did, because Farrah has asked that I pass along the following personal message to all of you, the gracious donors who supported her financially, and kept Farrah and her family in your thoughts and prayers for so many months now.
It is a timely message, as we approach the 1 year anniversary of this tragedy that has affected so many.
I am happy to pass along this message to all of you today.
Hey there everyone, Farrah here!
First off, I would like to sincerely apologize for not having personally given you an update for several months. Even though there was much emotional and physical healing to be done, I feel awful that I didn't take the time to show my appreciation. Without the generosity of every single person who donated to my fund, I wouldn't have been able to comfortably take so much time off to heal - physically, mentally and emotionally. There are no words that can adequately express the depth of my gratitude for all the hopes, prayers, positive thoughts, donations.... everything that was so thoughtfully sent my way! I feel a bit selfish that I haven't taken the initiative to thank you all sooner, instead I was in my own little world. You all have shown me so much love and compassion, and I am richly blessed that you have cared for and about me, and that you have chosen to be a part of my life. Even though I don't know you, have never met you, have never seen your face, or even know all of your names, every single one of you have profoundly touched my heart and my life forever!! To all who have written me letters, sent gifts, sent emails, I am doing my best to respond to each and every one personally. I'm sorry that it's taking so long, but I fell far behind and have much catching up to do.
For several months, the physical healing was a very difficult process. One of the injuries to my mid section physically prevented me from being able to express my emotions to heal. With heartbreaking situations such as this, I would usually cry as an outlet. Unfortunately, crying would cause me so much injury-related physical pain that I had to force myself to not cry at all, and I was not able to do so (cry, that is) until fairly recently. One of the results of being forced to bury my emotions about what I had gone through was that l emotionally disconnected from almost everyone and everything, even many of my friends. After the physical healing had progressed, my emotions and mental state had remained unchanged. I wasn't fully sure why or how to change it, but I had a feeling to just let it take its course. Then about two months ago, things shifted and I was finally able to cry. Until this shift, I wasn't able to start taking the necessary steps to begin mental and emotional healing, and I'm happy to finally be on this part of the journey in my recovery!
These past couple months have been such a roller coaster that it feels like I've been hit with a ton of bricks, metaphorically speaking of course. However, this wild ride has taken a turn for the better by making me stronger inside and out. I'm thankful to have a great support system to help with these hard times, and I couldn't have done it without everyone around me. I've also been looking into schools so I can begin classes in the fall. You all have given me the opportunity to go back to school and pursue my dream career - I am truly, humbly, from-the-bottom-of-my-heart, thankful to each and every one of you, and will be for the rest of my life!!.
I hope you all are thoroughly enjoying this beautiful spring and that you get out and do as much as you can!! I wish each of you joyous days and blissful nights, for you to be grateful for the precious gift of life everyday you wake up, to live life to the fullest, to remember to shower your love on those who are dear to you, and to shine your light on all who are around you!!! Always keep each and every precious heart close to yours!!
This will be my last update on this website, as I will be closing the GoFundMe page today.
It has been an amazing journey with Farrah and her family, and I am honored to have assisted by raising these funds, and creating the Farrah Soudani SNT, to help Farrah get her life back on track after this horriffic tragedy. There have been more than 6,300 donations, and over 114,300 visits to this page, and I am humbled at your care and consideration.
Farrah does continue to heal remarkably well from her physical wounds, and she is nearly off all pain medications. This is remarkable, given the mass amounts of pain meds she was taking. I give her great kudos for taking charge of her pain management, and weaning herself off the pain meds.
She is embarking on new endeavors and wants to go to school. She will be investigating which school and what course of study suits her interests.
She wants to venture out on her own soon, by getting an apartment with a friend. The Trust will help with her rental and utility costs. We recently found a modest, inexpensive, safe vehicle for her, and the Trust has secured this purchase for her.
We continue to recognize the amazing outpouring of love and support that the thousands of kind friends and strangers have bestowed upon her, and we are ever so grateful for all you have done to help Farrah move on from this terrible event.
The Trust address remains the same, for now, and if anyone wishes to write or send well wishes to Farrah via mail, you may do so at:
8357 N. Rampart Range Road
Unit 106, #120
Roxborough, CO 80125
If you wish to send an email, you may do so at:
Again, on behalf of Farrah, her parents Heidi and Sam Soudani, and myself, we thank you ALL from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support you have shown this brave, young woman.
We wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year!
It has been nearly a month since I posted an update. Much has happened since my last update.
Farrah and Heidi have returned home to Heidi's house; Farrah's new bedroom suite is amazing, and she loves it so much. Thanks to our dear friend, Larry, for his generous donation of her bedroom suite.
Farrah continues to struggle with her internal injuries. She has been to the doctors and they have changed up her medication to deal with the constant pain she has, especially internally. Her organs are attempting to find a resting place in her body, without her spleen and left kidney, and her ribs continue to heal. Farrah told me that her docs told her that it may take up to a year for those ribs to be fully healed. Her calf and leg continue to heal, and Farrah can almost put her foot down flat; stretching that calf muscle. The donor site is looking amazing!
Farrah has constant memories of that night, and has trouble sleeping sometimes, because of the dreams. She did go back to the theater about 10 days ago, and it was very difficult for her. She met several of her friends there, who were in the theater with her that evening. She was shocked to see that the entire lobby was stripped of carpet. Theater number 9 is completely stripped of the seats, carpet, and the movie screen. She told Heidi that she thinks that she will need to do some counseling to deal with the trauma. Everyone is dealing with this traumatic event differently; some better than others. We wish all the victims and their families the strength to get their lives back.
Farrah has had two visits to the two wonderful dentists who so graciously donated their time to help her. She had appointments with both Dr. Andrea Taylor and Dr. Tom Bonbright, and had a cleaning, fillings filled, and other examinations. Further services are to be determined based on her needs.
Regarding the Trust set up by Farrah's cousin and brother, there has been no word on where the money and other "in-kind" donations have gone. Farrah has not received one penny from that Trust. I received a call from the Colorado Attorney General's office today, and they had some questions about my fundraising efforts and the SNT that I set up for Farrah. They have asked to meet with me, and I am very happy to provide them with all the information they want. I have kept meticulous record of every penny raised. I will update you all after they visit me next week.
Farrah continues to receive a few donations here and there, and as always we are so very thankful for the outpouring of love and support shining on Farrah and her family.
The picture attached was taken this past weekend, at a celebration for Heidi's upcoming birthday. In the picture from left to right are: Heidi, Jack (my co-Trustee), Farrah, and myself. Farrah looks amazingly well, doesn't she!!
We wish everyone peace, health, happiness, and light.
Farrah continues to improve. Her tummy still bothers her quite a bit, but for what she's been through she is doing amazingly well! I know you are all keeping her in your continued thoughts and prayers. You have helped her get so far in her recovery.
As for The Farrah Soudani Support Trust, set up by Farrah's cousin Marty Soudani - There has been NO accounting for the Support Trust that Marty Soudani set up. He and his co-Trustee screamed at the tops of the roofs about my intentions for the money I raised for Farrah, to the point of sending out nasty fliers through my community; I am still getting them in the mail. Well, I did exactly what I said I would do. I said that I would never let this money get in to the wrong hands, and it would never be manipulated, and it would be put in a Trust with Farrah as the beneficiary; and that's what was done. Too bad they didn't practice what they preached! Remember all the hoopla about them doing everything for Farrah? What? When? Where? Didn't happen! Help us get justice for Farrah, please. If you are outraged that ALL donations raised by Farrah's "Family", i.e. her cousin and brother have been returned from the www.farrahsoudani.com funding site, which has also been taken down, please reach out to the Colorado Attorney General's office and tell them you want The Farrah Soudani Support Trust to be investigated.
Colorado Office of the Attorney General
Address: Consumer Protection Division
1525 Sherman St., 7th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Toll-Free: 1-800-222-4444 (CO)
Marty Soudani and his co-Trustee claim in many national news outlets to have reaised over $95,000 for Farrah, but the money NEVER reached Farrah.
To date, we have no idea where the money has gone. Marty promised an explanation on their site, but then the site was taken down. Cowards they are! The $560 that was deposited directly in to their Trust bank account, but it hasn't been sent. The money from the car wash and bake sale hasn't been sent, money for the puppy auction hasn't been sent. NO MONEY HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO FARRAH from that fundraising site.
Farrah has had no communication with her brother or cousin for weeks, but she did get a text from a third party representing them, who stated that they are just "heartbroken" and want FARRAH to fix this mess. Seriously? That is ridiculous. Let me be clear: FARRAH DIDN'T CREATE THIS MESS, THEY DID!!! All they did was badger Farrah to choose sides; they spoke horribly about her parents. Her parents were told that they could not set foot in Marty's home. That's why she came here, to my home, to recuperate; she couldn't take the constant badgering, and nastiness that they were continually spewing. And when she came here, that's when they sent all the money back. They said that they could not guarantee how the money would be spent. Really? THEY were the Trustees. Trustees who couldn't be trusted; it is so sad for Farrah.
Farrah and I were talking the other day and she was saying how disappointed she is that her own relatives snatched this money right out from under her. She said that she was hoping to use that money to get a fresh start, and wanted to use the money in the SNT that I set up to invest and use at a later date. Then she started crying, because she said that she was so hurt at what they did to me. She said that she could not believe how hateful, cruel, and mean they are. That touched me so much; Farrah was thinking of me, and caring about how I was treated throughout all of this. She is so appreciative for all of my help, and we'll be great friends forever.
Dr. Andrea Taylor called me back, and had no idea that the other funding site had returned all of the donations! She asked me why they would do that, and all I could say is that this is a really great question. It will work itself out eventually, and as they claimed, Farrah will be made whole. Dr. Taylor, together with Dr. Tom Bonbright, will take care of Farrah's dental needs. We sincerely thank both Dr. Taylor and Dr. Bonbright for their generous donations to help Farrah. She is also in need of an eye exam, so if there are any eye docs out here in the Denver area who will see Farrah, please email me at this site.
Heidi received the official White House photos from the President's visit, and Farrah had indicated that she was disappointed that she did not get to shake the President's hand, because her hands still had caked, dried blood on them when he visited. Heidi called the White House, and they are going to let Farrah know if/when the President is in town again, and she may get another visit.
Farrah continues to try to get her life back on track. There are still many people sending Farrah well wishes, cards, gifts, and donations. We want to thank Transwest Trucks locally here in Denver, where they did a fundraiser for Farrah and raised $1,125. The money has been put in the SNT for Farrah. Thank you Transwest Trucks!
Farrah still needs a vehicle, and the Trust can help her with the purchase. A car was donated to the other funding site, but it is now gone. If there are any dealerships that may be willing to help get Farrah a modest, safe, AWD vehicle, please email me at this site. Thank you.
If you wish to send Farrah any correspondence, or donation, you may do so at:
8357 N. Rampart Range Road
Unit 106, #120
Roxborough, CO 80125
You may email Farrah at:
We send our heartfelt thanks; and peace to everyone.
I have turned comments back on, and as you read through these comments, please take note that Trustee, Soudani, claims that all monies raised on their "FAMILY" funding site will be "LEGALLY" protected for Farrah. We all know now that this is NOT true , as ALL $95,000 claimed to have been raised for Farrah (except $560) have been returned without Farrah's knowledge or consent. No explanation was given. An explanation of their actions was promised, but never delivered. Further, to date, the $560 was also never delivered to Farrah.
They later claimed that Farrah knew the donations were being returned, and she had no interest in that money. This is 100% not true. Farrah was never notified, consulted, or given a choice regarding these funds.
The other funding site is no longer accepting donations, and the Facebook page associated with that Trust is no longer active.
Thank you to everyone who did donate to this site, as the funds are secured, and have been placed in an Irrevocable Special Needs Trust. Farrah has complete control over how these funds are spent. Some of the donations that were returned by the other funding site were: a vehicle, dental work, and other in-kind donations. We have reached out to Dr. Andrea Taylor regarding the dental donation, but have not yet heard back whether or not Dr. Taylor will fulfill her donation. www.denvertechdentistry.com. Farrah was never provided with information on the vehicle donation, other than being told it was donated. Both Farrah's mother and father can attest to the claim a vehicle was donated.
The Trustees of the farrahsoudani.com site claim that there were no cash donations, however there was a car wash, a bake sale, a puppy auction, and other events that brought in cash donations. How can those be returned? SteveO's Pizza held that car wash/bake sale. Where are those funds? Are they being returned to each car that was washed; each cookie sold? Where is the accounting for these donations? Is that little puppy going to be ripped from its new home, or are the monies from this auction going back to the donor, and the puppy being given for free? Where are the funds from that auction? The FB site claimed that, "100% of the proceeds from this auction will go to the Farrah Soudani Support Trust.". Really? Where is it the $2,502 raised in this auction? What about the mGive text donation campaign? Where is the accounting for monies raised there?
Anyone who wishes that this incident be looked in to further may send a complaint to the Colorado Attorney General's office at:
We need your voices here in Colorado to be heard.
Help Farrah get the answers she deserves regarding the blatant misrepresentation by the Trustees of the www.farrahsoudani.com fundraising site, and the Farrah Soudani Support Trust. File a complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, any questions regarding this funding site or The Farrah Soudani Irrevocable Special Needs Trust may be directed to me by clicking on the Contact button on this site.
As many of you may have read, yesterday was Farrah's 23rd birthday!
She had a follow up visit with her doctors yesterday, and the doc who operated on her abdomen said that what she is experiencing with regard to the tummy cramps, nausea, and being full so quickly is completely normal. Heidi explained to me that the doctor told them that the location of Farrah's wound to her stomach was right where the stomach expands, much like a balloon. Since the wound was right there, there is some scar tissue building up, which is keeping her stomach from expanding too much. With time, her stomach should expand more; allowing her to eat more at a single sitting.
He also said that her stomach didn't have food in it for so long, that her stomach is stiff and not stretching, itself, very well.
They are pleased to confirm that her healing is normal, and they continue to be so amazed at her remarkable recovery.
Heidi and I were just looking at some of the pictures taken of Farrah's wounds since July 20th, and it is really nothing short of a miracle that she is alive. Wow, wow, wow!
After their appointment, Heidi and Farrah went up to the ICU to visit one of the victims who remains in Intensive Care, and they also visited with "Mother Goose" and all her nurses. The ICU staff was so very pleased when they saw Miss Farrah WALK in without assistance. They were so happy to see Farrah, and they all had a very nice visit.
Farrah will meet with the plastic surgeons next week to see how her calf is healing. Farrah is nearly able to put her heel on the ground, which is great; knowing that her calf muscle is stretching out.
Farrah had a great birthday, receiving lovely gifts of flowers, balloons, snack treats, fruit, angels, and other goodies. We had a lovely birthday dinner last night, and Farrah ordered her favorite dish, Fettuccini Alfredo. She could only take about two bites, but she saved room for a few bites of her chocolate cake. We all sang Happy Birthday, and you could tell that Farrah thought intently about her wish. Whatever her wish was, I hope that it comes true for her!
Farrah received some donations to her Trust in the mail and online, and she wanted me to graciously thank the generous friends she hasn't met, for their kind donations to her recovery.
Please join me in wishing Farrah a year full of recovery, hope, love, and joy! This pic was taken at dinner last night.
Please help with anything you can give, to help Farrah Soudani, and family. Farrah was tragically, critically injured in the Colorado theatre massacre. She was one of, if not the first, injured. She was hit by an explosive that took out much of her mid-section, and left leg, among many other injuries. Farrah is holding strong in ICU. Farrah did not have health insurance, and her mother is going to be out of work for some time, to be at Farrah's side, and providing care after she is released from the hospital. Please give anything you can! Peace, love, and light! And most of all, thank you for your caring generousity.