Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ready to Believe for Petra

As many of you may already have heard, last Friday morning a shooter entered a full movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire. He killed 12 people and injured 58 in this horrific tragedy. If you haven't heard about what happened you can read about it on the Huffington Post.

The reason I am writing about this is because it hits close to home. One of my classmates at University of the Pacific was involved in the shooting. Petra Anderson was shot three times in the arm and once in the head that went through her brain. Due to a miraculous brain defect, the bullet traveled through a fluid filled passage instead of vital tissue. Because of this she is miraculously alive.

Her cure is my "work in progress" this week. Instead of sharing my knitting with you, my one a day, my works in progress, I'm sharing this instead.

But her family is facing very difficult times head of them. Her mother was recently diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and they are facing the very real horror of having to decide between treating Petra or continuing her mother's expensive cancer treatment.

While I never knew her personally, I saw her around campus constantly and she is a close friend with many of my friends. Its a very real experience to be so close to such a tragedy. So I am asking everyone if you could please visit this web site and donate whatever you possibly can. As little as $5 makes an impact, whatever you can spare. Forego a skein of yarn this paycheck and help someone out in need, someone with such a big heart and a promising music career ahead of her.

You can make a difference, not matter how small it may seem. Please donate whatever you can to help her family and others that were victims. As Petra's sister says in the video "Our family has been shaken by the events of last Friday but we have not been broken," she said. "We're watching heroes appear everywhere we look."

Please donate at the following website:

And please, please share this on every social media outlet that you can, Facebook, Twitter (#readytobelieve), ravelry, your blog, anywhere you connect with people.

Be a hero for Petra.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about this, Ashley. My thoughts are with you and of course this wonderful young woman and her family. I'll do whatever I can to help. Please take care!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this and for giving us all a chance to help. Last Friday was a dark, dark day but with everyone's love and support, we can lighten each other's sadness.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about this, but thank you for posting it and allowing all of us to help out.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. Just made a small contribution to their efforts.

  5. It is awful for those of us who didn't have a friend/family/loved one directly involved but to actually be close to a victim...

    I'm soooo glad to hear that the hospitals are now donating the care necessary and am waiting for the University to step up and contribute....


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