Selfdefense class raises funds for acid attack victim

first_imgBethany Storro’s parents, Nancy and Joe Neuwelt, after cancelling a planned appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, attended a women’s self-defense class at Anytime Fitness at Esther Short Park on Friday evening — a fundraiser the club’s operators organized to help pay costs from Storro’s facial burns.Storro, 28, was found suffering from acid burns to her face about 7:15 p.m. on Aug. 30, on Columbia Street just north of West Eighth Street and the park. She told rescuers and police that a woman she didn’t know walked up to her and threw acid in her face.As Vancouver police officers and Major Crimes Unit detectives began their investigation of the alleged attack, Storro was treated for facial injuries at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. She and her family held press conferences at the hospital and Storro later was released.Outside the fitness club Friday evening, the Neuwelts stood before news cameras before the class and thanked a long list of people and businesses that helped raise money for Storro’s medical treatments.“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the community,” Nancy Neuwelt said. “It’s been incredible.”As for Storro, her mother said, “She’s doing better and she’s amazing. I took her out for a little bit today. We went to get a coffee and get out in the fresh air. She’s doing better, and people were coming up and just encouraging her.”last_img read more