A number of fundraisers have been launched to support the victims of this past weekend’s stabbing rampage in North Vancouver.
On Saturday afternoon, six people were stabbed at the Lynn Valley Public Library. The victims included five women and one man, with ages ranging from 22 years old to 78 years old. One woman in her late 20s died of her injuries.
One of the fundraisers is Emma Henderson. Described as a “quiet, 22-year-old student,” Henderson was born and raised in Lynn Valley and currently attends Simon Fraser University (SFU).
“She suffered extensive injuries to her face and hands,” writes Diana Kay, who is organizing a GoFundMe on Henderson’s behalf. “Emma’s studies are now on hold, as she will need to focus on healing and recovery.”
Kay says that the funds raised will go towards counselling and medical care for the 22-year-old and her family.
Another one of the injured individuals is Susanne Till, a single mother of three who suffered “extensive and life-changing injuries” in the attack.
An online fundraiser described Till as “the epitome of motherhood.” Unfortunately, she won’t be able to return to work in the near future, and her rehabilitation will be exhaustive. It’s also unknown at this time whether she’ll require more surgery.
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An additional fundraiser has been launched by Jacquie McCarnan, founder of the North Van Cares Foundation. McCarnan explains that the non-profit was started to aid all of the victims involved in the attack.
“The victims of this crime were our neighbours, friends, teachers,” she writes. “Brave bystanders jumped in to help at their own personal peril and were injured in the process.”
“The victims of this crime will need physical, mental and emotional support. While Victim’s Services of BC is wonderful at providing help, there is often a long delay in getting funding for those services.”
McCarnan adds that the campaign is being governed by a committee made up of representatives from all of the victims’ families. Donations will be spent on whatever each individual specifically requires.
At the time of writing, more than $260,000 has been collectively raised for the victims of this past weekend’s attack
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With files from Zoe Demarco and Darcy Matheson