Help for Colleen Bray Scarola and Her Kids

$74,287raised of $100,000 goal
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Organizer: David & Betty Bray, and Heather & Justin Graham Beneficiary: Colleen Bray Scarola

Please help us support Colleen Bray Scarola and her kids through donations to cover legal fees, various medical expenses, and ongoing education for the kids.

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Those who know Colleen know she is a friendly, loving, wonderful person , and caring mother. She collects large groups of friends wherever she goes and adds a component of fun to any room. Unfortunately, she now needs the help of her friends, family, and community. 

Early the morning of September 22nd, Colleen was brutally and viciously attacked in her home. As of writing this, she remains in critical condition and on life support with serious head trauma. Her children, ages 7 and 5 are now living with Colleens parents. 

While no prognosis is available at this time, we know that the road to recovery for Colleen will be a long one. Heather and I, and Colleen's parents do not have the funds to provide the level of support Colleen and her kids need.  

Please help us help Colleen and her children.

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Many people have requested an address to mail checks to.  Checks can be made out to Colleen Scarola and mailed to the following address: 

Colleen Scarola c/o David Bray
30 Blodgett St., Unit 1
Burlington, VT 05401

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12/23/2013
by David & Betty Bray, and Heather & Justin Graham
As you know, in late September our family found itself in an unfamiliar place. Something terrible had happened and we were dazed, in an unfamiliar place, filled with a sense of sadness, urgency, and confusion.

Immediately we were surrounded by Colleen’s close friends. Friends from her neighborhood, from work, from the kids school. You became our friends and support network. You became a logistical lifeline, allowing us to take care of the many things that needed to be attended to, and most of all, allowed us to be beside Colleen in the ICU as we hoped, prayed, and downright willed her to improve. You provided places to stay, fun distractions for the kids, food at the hospital, and most importantly your prayers, positive energy, and all around good mojo.

News reached the communities of people that know Colleen best; Coudersport, PA and Burlington, VT, and astounding things began to happen. Vigils were held, prayers were shared, and people came together in numbers asking what they could do to help. What followed was truly amazing and the resulting fundraiser was successful far beyond our expectations.

The astounding amount of love and caring that poured forth brought us to tears dozens of times. We spent evenings around the table, tearfully reading through messages of encouragement and sympathy, many from people we don’t know and who don’t know us. There were so many beautiful and heartfelt notes of compassion shared through cards, donation comments, and social media messages that have been inspiring and provided strength at some very difficult times. You have changed our outlook and brought us solace. You’re proof that there is much more love and compassion in the world than the evening news would have you believe. You’re proof that there is still such a thing as community, that neighbors still help neighbors and that people are inherently good.

So this holiday we have much to be thankful for. We’re thankful for you, the people of these two generous and supportive communities and your compassion, and for Colleen’s close friends and their enduring support and sustained aid. We couldn’t have made it through without so much help and encouragement. We’re thankful for the doctors, nurses, and therapists whom have been so amazing and who believed in her all along, and for first responders who did their job so well that I get to sit and write this with a joyful heart. We’re thankful for the exceptional people with the state of Vermont and city of Burlington that have provided direction, guidance, and resources. Finally, we’re extremely thankful to have Colleen back for the holidays.

May the coming year bring you more love, compassion, community, and surpassed expectations. We thank you, truly and dearly, with all our hearts.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

The Bray and Graham Families

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11/04/2013
by David & Betty Bray, and Heather & Justin Graham
What an astounding weekend!  As Colleen continues to improve a little each day, our family has many thanks to give to those whom have dedicated their time, energy, hearts, and certainly donations, to Colleen and her family. 

While the YouCaring website has been an amazing resource and we continue to thank those whom have donated here, we've also received contributions directly at the house which I have not added. I know Betty and David have been reading all of your cards and well-wishes nightly, and even brought some cards in for Colleen to read! Your words of courage and support have been nothing short of inspiring. Thank you all for your generosity. Over $15,000 has been received!

I will now admit that I know little about Jazzercise and Zumba, but apparently there are some pretty amazing folks from Jazzercise Colchester Fitness Center and around the community who all got together, and Jazzercised and Zumba'd their way to raising over $12,000 Saturday evening for Colleen and the kids! I know that David was absolutely blown away by the spirit of giving and love. We are just so thankful to all those who attended and donated. A very special thanks to Pam Fontaine, Courtney Wagner, Stephanie Flannigan, Valerie Nick, and the multitude that assisted with planning the event. Thank you!

Finally, I must again thank the wonderful community of Burlington, Vermont. You have supported our family, provided guidance, assistance, love, and lot's of positive MOJO throughout. What amazing people... we are lucky to be here. 
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10/26/2013
by David & Betty Bray, and Heather & Justin Graham
Let me first start by saying that we (the Bray's and Graham's) are so humbled. I find myself searching for the right words to explain just how unbelievable the support we're receiving is. I really don't have appropriate words for it, but this experience has certainly changed the way we view the world and the amazing, kind, and generous souls that we never knew were out there. Thank you, truly. We are beyond blessed to have such support and so many that would lift us up during this time. 

It's been a long time since we've posted an update.  The truth is, they are hard to post. It forces me to think deeply about how Colleen is doing, and then try to explain what I mean without delving into details. I'll try.

Colleen is doing great. She's doing great in relation to where she was the day after this happened. She's doing great compared to the initial expectations. She's doing great for someone whom has been through what she has been through. She's doing great and continues to impress us every day with her progress. 

I say this, and am afraid this gives people a false impression of her status, like she will suddenly walk out of rehab, drive home, go back to work and her kids, and things will move on as if none of this ever happened. Like the wound will just heal, the sutures will be removed and it will all be better. 

No, not now.  Not yet. But we believe... we truly believe that she has the will and will continue to defy the odds and push the boundaries. She has desire, drive, and motivation.  She has exceptional friends whom have been a keystone in our lives from the moment our lives changed. And she has all of you... the unknown x-factor, something we never could have hoped for or counted on. A community of friends, family, and strangers, all generous and wanting to carry her (and us) through this. 

With so much love and caring, we can only be optimistic, and know she will succeed. That every day will continue to bring new progress, a new step, an upgrade on the Rancho scale, a memory previously un-recalled, recalled. We continue to hope. 

Thank you. Know that our hearts are full and we are eternally grateful. 
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10/03/2013
by David & Betty Bray, and Heather & Justin Graham
Colleen continues to improve a little every day.  There are ups and downs, but overall she is making progress.  She is still on life support, but we're hopeful that she will be off by next week.  Over the past few days she has been responsive at times, even able to nod in response to some questions. We are thrilled. Tomorrow is a new day, and we are full of hope and optimism. 

We are all so thankful for your generosity. We could not and certainly did not anticipate the amazing responswe our fundraiser has received. Truly, we feel blessed that there are such wonderful and giving individuals out there. 

Keep that good MOJO coming!

With Gratitude, 

The Bray and Graham Families
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09/28/2013
by David & Betty Bray, and Heather & Justin Graham
What to say? Words simply seem inadequate, but that's what I have to work with.  We'd love to reach out and hug every single one of you. Our family is amazed and heartened by the impossible generosity of the community, and Colleen's friends and family.  

Tonight it will be a week since this horrific and senseless evil transpired, and yet we're full of love, gratitude, and hope rather than grief and anger. We're optimists, and you all have given us even more spirit and reason to be optimistic. Colleen soldiers on nearly seven days later, and we will continue to fight for her every day. 

Thank you... keep sending that good MOJO Colleen's way, and keep spreading the word! 

With Gratitude, 

The Bray and Graham Families
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