SF Cat Caller Stabbing Victim

$30,866 of $25k goal

Raised by 1,004 people in 22 months
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My name is Miyoko and Early Saturday morning on the corner of O'farrell and Larkin in San Francisco, CA in the heart of the Tenderloin, my boyfriend Ben Schwartz was stabbed 9 times in an effort to defend me, his girlfriend from a relentless cat caller.  When he asked the man to stop he immediately started attacking Ben.
  Ben was rushed to SF general where he underwent surgery to close a punctured lung and to stitch the deep wounds along the back of his neck, back, face, and arms. While the suspect took off in a silver sedan no where to be found. 
The doctors say he is very lucky to be alive considering how close the cuts were to main arteries and one just missing his spinal cord.
We are all so very thankful that he made it out alive and is healing well at home now.
I think I can speak for myself and of all of Ben's friends when I say he is the sweetest most loving friend out there. He is there when you need a good laugh, a hug, or even just someone to listen to you. Its shocking to think something like this could happen to such an amazing person. That is why we are trying to raise money to help Ben and I get through these tough times.  Every little bit helps! We are hoping to raise enough money to help them with dreaded medical bills, rent, school bills and help us get back on our feet after missing so much work to heal from this terrible things thats happened. Thank You to everyone who donates to us in advance.

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Update 5
22 months ago

We would like to start by saying it has truly been a life changing experience dealing with the people on this page. The stabbing and trauma will heal and will mostly be forgotten however this will live on in us and hopefully in you as well. From the very start, friends we hadn't seen in years were donating money to us. So many old friends that loved us , missed us and cared about us and enough to send money that I'm sure they worked super hard for to donate to us. To help us heal and move on from this stronger. We have to say , it was really touching to see some old names. Most, are too quickly forgotten these days cause everybody's workin a lot or has a ton of other priorities. Whatever the reason is , the point is, we miss all you guys and we can't thank you enough, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you. Let's not lose touch as much if we can, let's try, if you have time shoot us a line and I swear we will do the same for you.


Now for the folks that have never met us, not once , have only heard our story via Internet outlets and media stations. The folks who didn't get wrapped up in any negativity and who truly thought this was something that should have been addressed a long time ago. To those who feel passionate about stopping harassment and feel like women need to be done with this crap, or just feel like the right thing was done, we feel ya ! ..and trust me we are on your side. We think if enough people start barking about this more folks will get involved and maybe if enough people start to take notice some permanent changes could be set in place in the future here real soon. We really hoped we helped in some small way of achieving positive change. It's really hard to believe that guys can say vulgar and dirty crap to women and just get away with being creeps all day. It's just unacceptable behavior. Which brings us to the spread of this whole thing, it's just amazing . It's so crazy! It makes us shake our heads and just sit wide eyed, it brings tears to our eyes, it's so great! So many awesome people out there with amazing stuff to share and we are all so spread out ! We all have a crazy weird connection and I'm not sure how to describe it , all I know is that it's real and it has meaning. It has an effect , on us and on you and on the universe , it lifts all of us up and it's nice up here! isn't that where most of us wanna be?


Okay, we won't make this too long so in closing we just wanna say that when we were down and lost this week with all that has happened and what this has become, the one thing we did was just sit here and read the amazing things people had to say and almost immediately we were healed. This week was just a lot. Intense emotions both positive and negative. Whatever it was , it was the generosity and kind words of others , of all of you, that helped us through, and like we said we are gonna thank all of you personally if we can. Don't worry , we know it's a lot of folks now , way way more than expected so we won't hurt ourselves doing it we promise but we have a pretty good little assembly line going here in our living room area and it's honestly quite fun and uplifting. We hope you find the artwork fun and it makes you smile , maybe even laugh. We could go on forever telling you how amazing you are but judging from the majority of the comments, a lot of you just want a smooth recovery here which is awesome , it's exactly what we want. We are gonna leave the page up for just a bit more to deal with anything else we may wanna say but we feel all of your stories and good wishes and prayers and it has made a massive massive massive impact.

Thanks so much to every single person involved in this positive effort. You all take care of yourselves!

With love- Ben , Miyoko and of course the big star of the show Babycakes.
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Update 4
22 months ago

Hello everyone , we want to thank you so much for an amazing and stunning turn out to help Ben and me through this incredible roller coaster ride when we first found out about this gofundme project we had no idea we would get this kind of support. At first Ben was skeptical that people would donate even as much as a 1000 dollars. Now with all of your help we hope to pay for a giant portion of his medical bills, money from missing so much work, money to retake his last quarter of school and maybe even some money to help with his future facial surgery should he need it. We initially put a limit at $10,000 and then $20,000 thinking that was the Mt. Everest of our hopes and in no way could that be done, now we have had so many generous donations it is truly incredible, we can't believe it. What we have seen over the past few days; the comments, the calls, the letters, the beautiful words and amazing people we have met and encountered along the way we HAVE won in this fight. We have also decided If the surgeries and bills and cost of everything involved over time turns out to be under cost we plan to donate the remainder to the victims compensation fund of California San Francisco and encourage you that if the limit has been met already to do the same. $25,000 is by far the most we could ever accept, and it may or may not be enough, but we thank you all for an amazing show of support and showing us that community, friends and support of one another can truly be a blessing in itself. As one of the donors Timber Young stated earlier- “Society thrives when people care for one another. It fails when people don't.”
Ben , Miyoko , Claire and BabyCakes
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Update 3
22 months ago

Thank You so much to everyone that has made a donation. We are absolutely amazed and stunned by the support we have gotten overnight. Ben has his first doctors appointment today since the incident and his surgery, a couple wounds are aching but Ben's pulling through! Please everyone email us a home address! We are hoping to send thank you cards to each and everyone of you.
Ben & Babycakes
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Update 2
22 months ago

Thank You to everyone that has made a donation, if you could all just reply to my thank you message to send a home address to miyokomoody@gmail.com Ben is filling up his time by drawing you all personalized thank you cards for all that have donated. Your love and support means more than you know and we hope to thank each of you not only personally but in person sometime soon!
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$30,866 of $25k goal

Raised by 1,004 people in 22 months
Created November 19, 2014
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Miyoko Moody  
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22 months ago
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22 months ago
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Donna Howe
22 months ago

You both are wonderful people. I'm so sorry this happened to you. God bless.

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22 months ago
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22 months ago
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J knutson
22 months ago

I was very sorry to hear of your attack. You stood up for your woman which is all any sane person would do. Heal up there are cool people in this world, too

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22 months ago
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22 months ago
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