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Ended Jan 14, 2015
On October 3, 2014, 29 year-old Valon Shoshi suffered a break from reality.  After experiencng depression for over a year, he became suicidal.  Unfortuntately his breakdown became public. Uninsured, he was hospitalized and treated, and continues ...

On October 3, 2014, 29 year-old Valon Shoshi suffered a break from reality.  After experiencing depression for over a year, he became suicidal.  Unfortunately, his breakdown became public. Uninsured, he was hospitalized and treated, and continues to receive treatment to get the help he needs. Valon is trying to mentally get back to where he was- where we all knew him.

During the Kosovo War, Valon and his siblings (whom are Albanian) were exposed to inexplicable scenes of ethnic cleansing of Albanians by the Yugoslavs.  Daily walks consisted of seeing snipers on their rooftops, tanks in their neighborhood, death on the street. Children were armed with guns. Their home and family restaurant were all burned down. US NATO assisted in their escape to safety and freedom here to the US in 1999.

As a teenager Valon was an amiable, hard-working young man, he was quick to make friends and build ties in the community. Valon graduated East Hampton High School in 2004 and has been in the emergency medical system in the East Hampton area since 2005. He started with the Springs Fire Department. In 2008, Valon fought in the Golden Gloves. His nickname in the ring was “Eagle Boy”, named after his newly independent rising homeland of Kosovo post war- formerly Yugoslavia. Kosovo finally became an independent Country- all they had been exposed to and fought for had come to fruition. It was an epic time in Valon’s life, and all Albanians.

In 2009, Valon moved to East Hampton Ambulance where he was an Advanced Life Support provider and even became Assistant Chief. Valon was the only volunteer to be honored with “Member of the year” in two districts. Valon was a Suffolk County Instructor for EMS. He was engaged in the community and has been a real asset to the community. Valon worked at John Marshall as a paraprofessional. All the children he touched love him. You may recognize him from Andrra Restaurant which he managed, and / or working with Maidstone Arms and Race Lane in East Hampton. He is a well-loved community figure- always giving himself. Collecting donated items for those in need in Kosovo, A Veterans Foundation and The Coalition for the Homeless to name a few. Valon is an empathetic person who has touched the lives of many, looking for the wellbeing of others before his own. Valon was recently married and gave up all he had built in his new Country to pursue starting a family of his own in his homeland, newly independent Kosovo- formerly Yugoslavia. Over the past year, he watched that fall apart and lost his desire to continue.

With his character, pride, dependability and integrity he has won the respect of many, his smile and sparkling eyes light up any room. He is well liked wherever he goes. His siblings and cousins’ Facebook pages are filled with comments expressing love and concern for him and his family.

The overwhelming support and your words have been key in getting Valon to where he is at this very moment. Statistically most do not make it here alive. Unfortunately, by the time the topic comes up, it is too late and there is no turning back. We have all experienced a friend or loved one exhibiting the same or similar behaviors of depression. Let us be part of the solution, let us stop acting as if someone else will handle it. It ends in death. Suicidal depression…

Please help us to raise money in assisting with Valon Shoshi’s legal expenses. An account has been formed in escrow and his attorney is Eddie Burke, Jr.  Any additional funds above the 40K goal will be donated to of Suffolk County.

A fundraiser event is planned for January 21 at Race Lane Restaurant in East Hampton including, but not limited to: Live music, Food, Bar, Raffles, 50/50 raffle, Silent auction, live auction, and Taxis on premise for a safe ride home.

Please support Valon that night with your presence and/or donation.

Please email to donate gift certificates, gift baskets, auction items, timeshares etc... for live auction and sponsorships .


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