Members of the Elon University track and field and cross country teams, as well as all of those in attendance at Saturday's Phoenix Invitational, made a “Lap for Molly” in the middle of the meet in honor of freshman Molly Offstein.
Offstein, a cross country runner, was hit by a car last month while running across the intersection of North O’Kelly Avenue and University Drive.
Since the accident, supporters have donated over $49,000 for Offstein's recovery via a gofundme page.
Competitors from the visiting schools, which includes High Point University, Colgate University and Barton University, as well as general people in the crowd, ran one lap around the track at noon in honor of Offstein. Brad Puckett, women's track and cross country academic coordinator, said this event has had a big impact on the team.
“We’re getting support from all over the nation,” Puckett said. “Knowing that not just the Elon community cares, but other people around the country, and even the world are showing support for Molly is very important.”
Offstein was transported to the Shepherd Brain Injury Center in Atlanta Wednesday, according to a Facebook post from her father, Evan Offstein. The hospital is known to be one of the leading centers for rehabilitation in the country.
“Molly continues to be unresponsive and somewhere between a vegetative and minimally conscious state," Evan Offstein said in the post. "With that said, we have some reason for hope."
This community event is one of many in the wake Offstein’s accident to show support for the Honors Fellow and Maryland native.
Three days after the accident, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized a vigil to send prayers for Offstein.
A campaign called "Show Us Your Shoes" also kicked off just one week after Offstein was sent to UNC Medical Center in critical condition. The campaign included pictures posted across social media of running shoes across the country to show support for the Cross Country runner.
Donations to Offstein's cause can be sent to her gofundme page by searching "Molly Offstein - Help Molly Recover."