East Texas woman raises funds for Las Vegas shooting survivor

East Texas woman raises funds for Las Vegas shooting survivor
(Source: Jade Wilson)
(Source: Jade Wilson)

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - More than a month ago a gunman opened fire killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others in Las Vegas. Now as people continue to recover from the massacre, one East Texas woman is raising funds.

"Being halfway across the country from your friend who is hurting, sucks. It's not fun," said Jade Wilson from Corrigan.

Wilson's close friend happened to be at the Route 91 Music Festival at the time of the incident and suffered a bullet that pierced through her stomach and lodged itself into the lungs.

"To have someone you personally know, I spent the entire day crying, I was a mess at school," Wilson said. "I couldn't really tell anyone about it, no one really brought up in conversation, and I had to pretend everything was ok and I wasn't."

Wilson said her heart gave out to her friend and family.

"It's been a long road for her and she's still going to have a long road of recovery when everything is said and done," Wilson said.

After moments of learning what happened, Wilson said she was confused. But then she wanted to take action and help her friend and family.

"So I started a t-shirt fundraiser to try and help raise a little bit of money and I just want to do more," Wilson said.

Wilson said she wanted to take some burden of the family's shoulders and that's what drives to be able to send a caring message from half way across the country.

"On the up and up but it's just hard. She's a month in the hospital bed. Like the hospital beds are uncomfortable for a night," Wilson said. "Having to spend a month in the hospital bed, you kind of go stir crazy."

Even though the circumstances are challenging, Wilson said she is thankful her friend is on the road to recovery.

"I'm just grateful that she's here more than anything. I hate that she got shot, but I'm thankful that she's still here and I still get my friend," Wilson said.

Wilson said, at last check, her friend is still at a Las Vegas hospital recovering and hoping to be released soon.

If you're interested in helping with the cause, click on the link to buy a t-shirt. All proceeds go to the family.

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