On Friday, J. Camm told you about the heroic efforts made by Chris Mintz who sacrificed his own body to stop the cowardly gunman at the Oregon shooting. Chris was hit with seven bullets as he tried to save his fellow classmates at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The 30-year-old Army veteran suffered many injuries from the shooting including having both of his legs broken. He is facing a tough road ahead with more surgery and he will need to go to rehab to learn how to walk again.
To combat the high medical bills, missed income while he is incapable of working, childcare for his son and the price for rehabilitation the Mintz family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for his expenses. On Friday, the crowdfunding account set a goal of raising $10,000 for Chris. I am ecstatic to report that generous people from everywhere have donated more than $625,000 in only 16 hours! That is an unbelievable figure and demonstrates the humanity that we need to overcome the evil in people.
Chris wanted to take away the spotlight that he received for his heroic actions and remind everyone that there are other victims of this senseless slaughter.
Not that I should be surprised, but there are shitheads on the Internet spewing negativity to a real life hero.
The day of the massacre, October 1, Mintz wished a happy birthday message to his young son on Facebook before going to college. Even when things were the most dire and Mintz lay on the ground bleeding from being shot several times he told the shooter, “It’s my son’s birthday.”
Tyrik, his 6-year-old son, is autistic and non-verbal.
Outstanding job by everyone who contributed to this fantastic cause!
Chris was in the military for ten years and moved to Oregon to help raise his son. Mintz has always been a fighter; he was on the high school wrestling team, loves cage-fighting and working out, so I have no doubt that he will overcome this.
Get well soon Chris!