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S.O.S Support Our Samir

$25,432 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 574 people in 13 months
Created July 23, 2018


This past Saturday night July 21, at a Phish show in George, Washington at the music venue the Gorge our friend Samir was the victim of a brutal attack. Sometime during the second set a man ran up and smashed Samir in the mouth with a rock and then disappeared into the crowd. Samir was rushed to a local medical facility where they found a broken palate that required surgery and he lost multiple teeth.

We are incredibly lucky that this vicious and cowardly attack did not take Samir from us. The the healing process will be long and difficult. He goes in for surgery tomorrow. Hopefully soon we will have a better idea of what the road to recovery looks like.

One thing we know is that it is going to be a huge strain on Samir in many ways. We can help make it less of a financial strain.

Samir is one of my best friends on this earth. His kindness, joy, and generosity have enriched the lives of countless people and there is nobody who is a more genuinely loving soul. I have known and played music with Samir the last 25 years and am choking back hot tears thinking about how close we came to losing him. I cannot wait ‘till we are jamming together again. Please help Samir out after this vicious and senseless attack. Let’s let our love shine and show Samir how much we love him.

GoFundMe asked that I add some additional information:
My name is Mark Stratil. 
Samir and I grew up together in Pennsylvania. We have been hanging out and playing in bands together for over 25 years. We plan on using the funds to help pay for Samir’s medical and legal costs that have been incurred because of the attack. When we withdraw the funds the will be deposited into Samir’s bank account.
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I am so humbled and grateful for everyone of you and all of the help you have blessed me with. I'm beginning to feel more like myself and am taking the next steps of my recovery by getting all of the Dr's working with me on this on the same page. I have a long way to go but the path is starting to take shape. I literally couldn't have done any of this without all of your help. So much love and respect for community, family, and friends. Together we can accomplish anything!!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and let's all remember to be kind and listen to eachother✨
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Hey everyone, thank you again for your continued support. The outpouring of love is truly overwhelming and we are all eternally grateful. Samir’s first surgery went smoothly. They glued, wired, and applied arch bars to his teeth to stablize his mouth so the bone can heal. This is the first step on a long road to recovery but it has been made infinitely easier with your help. Thank you again.
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Hey all, Samir is going in for the first of what will probably be several surgeries right now. Thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes are appreciated. He would also like to express his gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that he has received over the past day. Thank you all.
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Thank you everyone so much for your generous support.
Samir’s sister, Kaleema has also set up a GoFundMe page here. We decided to keep them separate so we could reach out to as many of our friends directly. Please feel free to donate to either page. We may combine them in the future to cut down on some confusion.
https://www.gofundme.com/ndkbuf-samirs-medical-fund
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Raised by 574 people in 13 months
Created July 23, 2018
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