How Denver's Rave Community is Helping a Teenager Hospitalized For Taking Molly

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The post has been shared some 36,000 times as of Friday morning. One of the organizers of the EDM Fam, Richard Borus, saw it on Monday. "The story really hit home and I really just wanted to help the family," says Borus. "I wanted to show him [Keith] that the rave community can pull together and do something positive." He's never met Bianca or her father, but the next day he launched a crowd funding campaign to help with medical bills and "anything their family needs."

The campaign has raised over $1,500 since Tuesday, with donors giving everything from $5 to $500 and leaving messages like, "My heart goes out to your family. keep u all in my prayers. I dont have much to give but its important that i give something." Roehm himself even pitched in, telling Borus he wanted to show his support for the effort.

Borus is now twenty-eight, but he's been raving since he was about sixteen. He says he was heavy into the ecstasy scene for many years until he was about nineteen and realized the drug was negatively affecting his life. He explains that he has found the rave scene to be full of acceptance, love and hope. The Colorado EDM Family doesn't just go to concerts together. Last night, the group roasted marshmallows over a fire pit. "It's not all about the shows," says Borus. "It's about friendship. too.

"The kids who didn't fit in in high school can turn to an alternative and just let go, dance like an idiot for five hours," says Borus, "and there is someone next to you dancing like the same way, and no on is judging you."

On the next page: Why Borus and the EDM Fam set up the crown funding campaign.
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Mary Willson started contributing to Westword as an intern in the summer of 2014, focusing on the electronic music scene in Colorado.
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