Elon tailgates are packed with barbeque, corn hole and of course school spirit. But this past tailgate was a little different. The Club Baseball tent was devoted to Elon student Devon Bartholf.

Devon Bartholf was in a serious car accident at Elon on July 6. This incident left Bartholf with four brain bleeds, seven skull fractures, extensive facial damage, which eventually led to a stroke requiring an emergency surgery. Bartholf was in a coma for several weeks and now is in recovery in a hospital in Pennsylvania.

Hannah Gregory, Bartholf's roommate and best friend, says that although recovery has been challenging, she is getting better everyday. Gregory reports that Bartholf's recent accomplishments include writing her own name in cursive and standing with assistance. She enjoys playing with her mom's iPhone and going outside when she is able.

This tailgate was co-sponsored with Sparks and Safe Rides to encourage safe driving on campus.

"They've been really helpful in trying to promote that this year is to remember Devon."

At the tailgate, people got the chance to tailgate and sign a card Gregory is planning on giving to Devon over fall break. The tailgate raised almost $1,250 and the money will go to medical bills, traveling costs, equipment and prescriptions Bartholf will need for the rest of her life.

If you would like to donate or follow Bartholf's progress you can log onto her Caring Bridge site.

www.caringbridge.org/visit/devonbartholf

 

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