Update #10 (10:21P Est, August 28):
Dear IndieGoGo supporters and friends,
This past Sunday evening, Petra’s mother, Kim, passed away in her sleep.
Thank you for all the prayers and support you’ve given to the Anderson family over these last few weeks. They have been appreciated more than you could ever know.
UPDATE #1 (9:43P EST, July 22):
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Twenty-two-year-old Petra Anderson was shot and critically injured during the shooting at The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, CO, early last Friday, July 20, 2012. In addition to the three shotgun pellets that hit her arm, one pellet went through her nose, rode up the back of her cranium, and hit the back of her skull.
She survived. And after her neurosurgery, she appears to be on her way to a full recovery.
The fact that she is alive and recovering is beyond any value measurable by money. Even so, the financial burden her surgery and medical bills will take on her family will be very heavy.
But that's not the whole challenge. Last month Petra’s mother Kim discovered that the breast cancer she thought was just a bad memory is back and has spread to her liver, bones, and lungs. Because of complications, she’s had to decline traditional treatment and pursue promising but expensive alternative medicine.
The cost for Petra’s surgery is high by itself. On top of Kim’s cancer costs, it looks unscalable.
Along with Petra, a huge number of other people were injured or killed by a self-styled “Joker.” These people, their families, and the Aurora community need your help, whether that help comes through money, thoughts, or prayers.
In The Dark Knight, Batman tells the Joker that Gotham City is “full of people ready to believe in good.” Gotham City may be a fictional place and Batman may a fictional character, but that doesn’t mean they’re false. And when evil, in the form of man or disease, is horrific, hope will rise.
We believe that the world is full of people ready to believe in good, and we believe that you are one of those people. No one can change that.
Please help with your donations, thoughts, or prayers, and share this campaign as you are comfortable.
How You Can Help
To help Petra and Kim with their overwhelming medical bills, please click the big pink button at the top or bottom of this page that say "Contribute Now."
When you do, you'll be able to enter the amount you'd like to contribute. You can donate with a credit card or PayPal.
To see how close we are to meeting our goal of raising $250k, look at the box at the top right of this page.
Naturally, any amount you can contribute is a blessing, and all prayers make a difference. Thank you in advance for supporting Petra and Kim during this challenging time.
Where Your Money Goes
The first $100k raised goes to Petra's surgery, medical, and recovery costs.
The next $150k will be divided evenly between Kim's year-long cancer treatment (about $150k) and the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA), a non-profit tasked by the Aurora Police Department to gather and distribute aid in response to the Aurora shooting. If we exceed our goal and after Kim's treatment needs are met, all additional money will go to COVA.
Donations are not tax-deductible. For more information on COVA, go to http://www.coloradocrimevictims.org/.
More About Petra
Petra Anderson is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Pacific in May 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music composition. While at UoP, she was named the Conservatory of Music 2011 Presser Scholar. She has been accepted into a graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Music. You can catch glimpses of Petra's heart and soul by listening to her music here: http://petraandersonmusic.com/.
More About Kim
Kim Anderson began her fight with cancer after her diagnosis in October of 2009. She has since then faced difficult obstacles with steadfast faith, exemplary strength, and an amazing resolve that is an inspiration to all who know her. Kim’s cancer went into remission at the beginning of 2011. Unfortunately, eighteen months later, her stage-3 cancer is fighting back.
Kim is a loving mother to three children, and has poured into the community around her through speech and debate clubs, serving as a state and regional leader for a national speech and debate league. She's also written curriculum, taught debate classes, and coached a local speech and debate club. You can catch glimpses of Kim's heart and soul by visiting her website Mother-Lode at http://mother-lode.blogspot.com/.
Rock Center with Brian Williams: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rock-center/48347105#48347105
Anderson Cooper 360: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/miracle-stories-of-survival-in-aurora
The Salt Lake Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54575594-78/anderson-petra-kim-shooting.html.csp
World Magazine: http://www.worldmag.com/webextra/19789
Silicon Valley MercuryNews.com: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21124786/recent-university-pacific-graduate-among-colorado-shooting-victims
"A Miracle Inside the Aurora Shooting: One Victim's Story," Celtic Straights: http://bstrait.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/a-miracle-inside-the-the-aurora-shooting-one-victims-story/