KUSA - An Aurora theater shooting survivor says what happened that night caused him to turn around his life. Marcus Weaver was shot twice in the arm during the mass shooting on July 20, 2012.
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"I think from being on the floor of the theater that night, it gave me a different renewed focus to help others," Weaver said.
Weaver is one of 70 people who were injured in the theater that day.
"Of course, I think about it every day," Weaver told 9NEWS. "[I] wake up [at] three or four in the morning. I wake up remembering everything that happened."
And now, looking back nearly a year later, Weaver believes the Aurora theater shooting changed him.
"I feel like I have more focus," Weaver told 9NEWS. "I'm more directed, and I'm more about community than ever before, and I have responsibility. That same community that helped me, I want to reach back to them and help them in any way I can."
Weaver has his hands in many things. He now works as an Outreach Coordinator for ABC Ministries and hosts a weekly radio show called "Changed People, Changing Lives." He also travels the country and tells people his story.
"As I go out and talk to people, I'm getting healed just from helping others," Weaver said. "It seems like the Lord's taken me from the theater and just put me into a partnership with George [Medley] and ABC Ministries."
ABC Ministries is hosting a fundraiser on July 4 called, "Annual Changed People, Changed Lives Community Block Party." It'll be from noon to 5 p.m. at the Grizzly Rose (5450 N. Valley Hwy in Denver). All proceeds will be used by ABC Ministries to help those in need.
The suggested entrance fee is a $5 donation at the door, or a donation of canned goods or gently use or new shoes. Each donor will be placed into a raffle for prizes ranging from dinners at area restaurants to tickets to sporting events and more. There will also be a car wash, live music, and a radio broadcast.
The proceeds will be used to help ABC Ministries build a halfway house.
You can listen to Weaver's radio show on Sundays on Jammin 101.5 FM. The show highlights people who are working to help their communities and making an impact.
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