A classmate of Kristin Babik, the University of Florida law student injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting earlier this week, has raised more than $6,000 for his bestie in a gofundme campaign.
Mikey Ballou started the online campaign to help defray costs for Babik’s medical expenses and provide financial assistance to her family, he wrote on the fundraiser site.
Babik, 24, was “simply visiting friends and enjoying a weekend away” when, attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night, she was among the hundreds shot by gunman Stephen Paddock. Fifty-eight people died in what is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Babik has a punctured lung and broken ribs and is recovering, Ballou wrote.
“Bad things happen to good people, but I still believe good will prevail,” he said.
As of this morning, Ballou’s effort reaped $6,532 from 144 people over just two days. That’s more than halfway toward his $10,000 goal.
Here’s his pitch:
My name is Mikey Ballou, and I’m from Gainesville, Florida. My best friend, Kristin Babik, was injured in the shooting that happened at the Route 91 Harvest Festival across from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. She has a punctured lung and broken ribs, but she is in stable condition. Kristin is a brave soul, but no one should have to endure this. I want to raise money for Kristin who was simply visiting friends and enjoying a weekend away. All of the money donated will go to her and her family to cover medical expenses and the time they take off work to care for her. Bad things happen to good people, but I still believe good will prevail. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I know Kristin thanks you from the bottom of hers.