Local Vegas survivors hold fundraiser: ‘We’re just trying to heal’


It’s been a little over two months since 58 people were shot and killed in the Las Vegas massacre. The survivors, thousands of them, are still healing, physically, emotionally and psychologically.

That includes quite a few here in the Central Valley. Many of those local survivors gathered Sunday, Dec. 3, to support the victims and each other.

Food, fun and laughter. A simple sign of healing for some of the Vegas shooting survivors.

“I was there October 1, most terrifying day of my life with a thousand others,” Tiffany Ball, survivor and owner of 2Xtreme Trampoline Arena, said.

Ball and her husband own 2Xtreme Trampoline Arena in Fresno.

She said this is the first time she’s even listened to country music since the concert.

“It’s a lot, it’s hard, something you never imagine you’d go through,” Ball said.

After a few months, Ball said they are taking steps to heal. She said they teamed up with others to give back.

“All of the survivors that we met in the Central Valley have come together to put on a fundraiser to raise funds for the victims,” Ball said.

The fundraiser, Route 91 Strong Central Valley. From kids enjoying the trampolines, a silent auction with dozens of items to bid on, to different food vendors on hand.

All money raised to go to the victims and their families of the Vegas massacre .

“Our thoughts are to give back to those that weren’t so fortunate,” Carlos and Stacey Sandoval, survivors, said.

The Sandoval’s know all too well of the terrifying moments when gun shots rang out at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“We got trapped under the bleachers for the entire time he shot so there’s definitely moments of your life where you think, ok this is it,” Stacey Sandoval said.

Like Tiffany, Carlos and Stacey are finding ways to slowly move forward. They helped by cooking tri-tip with the Fresno County Public Safety Association.

“It really means a lot to us at a moment when we had no control over anything to have some ability to give back now,” Sandoval said.

With messages of hope from survivors, Ball said it’s something they’ll live with for the rest of their lives.

“We’re just trying to heal,” Ball said.

Money raised will go towards the organization Route91strong.org to help those affected by the shooting.

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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