YOU CAN HELP: Friends launch crowdfunding campaign for Admiral attack victim and family

After an Admiral woman was stabbed last week while walking with her baby on 41st SW, many people asked how the community could help with her recovery. Now, there’s a way. This afternoon, friends of the victim launched a crowdfunding page for Sarah Hanson and her family, and just shared the link with us so we could share it with you. While she is home from the hospital, as we reported in last week’s ongoing coverage of the attack and the ensuing arrest, her friends explain that she has a long road to recovery:

She is suffering from a number of knife wounds to her head and face that required many stitches and two damaged tendons in her left hand that will take 12 weeks of healing and physical therapy until she can use it again.

Besides trying to recover physically and emotionally from this terrifying and traumatic experience, her left arm and hand are completely bandaged and unusable, leaving her unable to pick up her wiggly baby and do independently many of the things for him that he needs during the course of each day (picking up, diapering, nursing, dressing, buckling into carseat, and getting to her physical therapy appointments with him in tow). In short, she needs someone with her all the time so she can care for him.

We are raising funds to help cover costs for professional helpers that will be with her every weekday for the 10 weeks after her husband and mom return to work, voice-activation software so she can continue her work at home without the use of her left hand, extra meal deliveries beyond what friends are bringing, and a little extra to cover unexpected costs.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Meantime, the woman charged with assault for attacking Sarah and threatening a man who tried to help remains in jail, her bail set at $400,000, awaiting arraignment next week.

9 Replies to "YOU CAN HELP: Friends launch crowdfunding campaign for Admiral attack victim and family"

  • Alexis October 17, 2017 (3:32 pm)

    I would love to be able to contribute outside of gofundme (I think they take a lot in fees, right?) – if there is someone I can connect with to do that!

  • mom2boys October 17, 2017 (4:23 pm)

    they take 8% unless you are a non profit…at least that’s how it was when we considered them 2 years ago.

  • Seattlite October 17, 2017 (5:09 pm)

     This story breaks my heart.  I would like to contribute outside of gofundme as well.

    • WSB October 17, 2017 (5:25 pm)

      Guys, regarding GFM or any other crowdfunding platform, if the organizers don’t have an alternative, please consider that the online funding mechanisms save people a lot of time and trouble. If someone organizing a drive to help someone had to open an account (as was the way it worked before the online services), manage it, deal with getting checks mailed somewhere or cash dropped off … the fee that’s charged in this case could be worth the time and trouble. It’s just the way things work. Realize that for example every time you pay a merchant with a credit card, there’s a processing fee deducted there too. As a small business, we know this personally – and it saves us time and trouble so we don’t complain (on the other hand, when we pay freelancers via PayPal, for example, we add 3 percent to cover their fee) but please don’t let it keep you from helping out IF you are interested in helping out. Meantime, I will e-mail the organizers and ask them to comment here if they have an alternative. – TR

    • Justdoit October 18, 2017 (2:58 pm)

      If you want to support the victim, which is a great idea- why don’t you just do it like they’ve requested through the go fund me service. Wouldn’t that be more helpful than making them jump through a bunch of hoops to get your $25? All other payment processing services charge a fee don’t they?

      You don’t have to make this all about you and road blocking help for this poor woman- sheesh!

      • WSB October 18, 2017 (3:16 pm)

        I think people who want to bypass processing fees have their heart in the right place; my earlier response was intended to point out that the fees do go for something of value. Anyway, the crowdfunding campaign has already gone well past its goal in the day since it launched – one organizer just e-mailed us to say they’ll keep it open a while longer for anyone who’s just getting word of it, but otherwise, they are very grateful for everyone’s generosity – TR

  • RP October 17, 2017 (5:11 pm)

    So happy to support this family!  And so thankful to live in a community who gathers around one another in difficult times!  I can only imagine how challenging it will be to continue to care for her little one without the use of one hand, and while healing from head wounds, and I hope they receive an abundance of support to help relieve some of the difficulties that this traumatic event has caused!  

  • Spokant October 17, 2017 (10:40 pm)

    Look at that beautiful family. I hope Kierra never sees the light of day again.

  • ArborHeightsPal October 18, 2017 (2:48 pm)

      Please let Sarah know that she would likely be eligible for assistance from the State of Washington’s crime victims’ compensation fund to cover her medical bills, lost wages, counseling, etc. More info: here:

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