Rally for Russ

For: Russ Talmo
Organizer: Katy-Robin Garton
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 378 donors
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The Story

On Friday December 6th, Russ was assaulted on the streets of downtown Missoula in front of a popular restaurant... a random act of violence mixed with wrong place wrong time.

Russ has spent the last week in and out of the hospital recovering from major head trauma, fractures in the bones around his face, and a missing front tooth.

We put together this fundraiser to channel the incredible support and love for Russ from the community of friends and family that have been supporting him and are looking for a way to help.

We hope he can use these funds to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, meet his insurance deductible, cover the increasing medical costs of his recovery, receive necessary dental work, and to ensure that his other injuries heal properly. Whatever you can contribute is a huge help to Russ-- including spreading the word about this fundraiser.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Katy-Robin Garton
a message from Russ:

Greetings Everyone, I figured it’s high time I provide an update, straight from the source, for anyone that’s interested. It’s been a crazy few weeks. That’s for sure. I will say that being on the receiving end of a completely random act of violence, getting totally blindsided, and having your head bounced off of the sidewalk by some random hoodlums is not something I would wish on anybody. And boy do I wish I had it to do over again. But to be honest, at this point, I am counting my lucky stars that I’m getting better and that nothing worse happened. I feel extremely fortunate that I have a hard skull, a relatively resilient brain, and a reasonable timeline for recovery in front of me. I’m definitely still a little banged up and not at my brightest, but I’m getting a little better everyday. Those 5 days in the hospital, countless days resting at home, and slow acclimation back to normalcy seem to be doing me good. It is frustratingly slow going and takes a lot of patience, but it feels good to be on the mend. The other thing I can’t say enough about how truly blown away I am by the outpouring of support and love I’ve received over the past few weeks from everyone. My family has been incredible, dealing with all the chaos and handling all kinds of business. My friends, coworkers, community in Missoula, and even total strangers have been astonishingly generous and supportive. It is honestly inspiring and highly restorative to my faith in humanity. I’ve always felt blessed by the quality of people in my life, but never has that been more apparent than it has during these past few weeks. I am absolutely amazed. It is flattering and humbling to say the least, and I couldn’t be more appreciative for all the support. I can’t thank you enough! In other related news, the police are still working on putting together a criminal case on the assault. We’ve got our fingers crossed that there will be some kind of criminal prosecution of the suspect(s) they have, but only time will tell. And if anyone has questions about high-deductible, catastrophic coverage health insurance, I’m quickly becoming an expert. Feel free to inquire. Turns out getting hurt is really expensive. And so is having crappy insurance. Just food for thought. Other than that, its been a Christmas/Solstice/Holidays spent focusing on the important things in life….health, family, and good fortune. Hoping the same for all of you.

Many thanks, Russ

Posted on December 26, 2013 by Katy-Robin Garton
Beautiful day in Missoula... Russ kept a low profile and had a nice dinner and movie time with family, friends, and pup otter on his lap. He is doing well, trying to to go stir crazy and just continue to let his brain heal.

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Katy-Robin Garton
I cry everytime I read through the notes you are all leaving for Russ, this is amazing to see come together. Thank you!

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Katy-Robin Garton
the Independent article...


Posted on December 17, 2013 by Katy-Robin Garton
Great news... Russ gets to go home from the hospital today!!!

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