A combination of business sponsors and individuals came together to raise nearly $10,000 for a Moorestown teen who was severely injured in a car accident just days before her graduation last June.
Roughly 120 runners (and walkers) came out for the "Run for Recovery"—a 5K trail run/1.5-mile walk—at Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Burlington Township Saturday to show support for Moorestown High School graduate Brianna Wittman.
The event was organized by Pastor Bob Ingram and his wife, Dana, who have known Wittman and her family for years. Ingram was Wittman's children's pastor when he served at Marlton Assembly of God. He described Wittman, who sang in the children's choir, as "energetic" and "vibrant."
"The story of Brianna is really compelling. She’s just a beautiful young lady," Ingram said as he stretched before the race. "She has such a wonderful attitude."
Wittman arrived with her mother, Chrystal Warrington, just before the start of the race, and both seemed delighted to see that so many had turned to show their support.
"It's very overwhelming, and we're very fortunate, that this many people care and have the compassion that they do for us," said Warrington. "That always, out of this whole thing, amazes me—how many people care. I would have never known how fortunate I am, and Brianna is, to have people that love us so much."
The proceeds from the event will be put toward Wittman's continued care, paying for equipment and/or therapy that isn't covered by insurance. Since the accident, Warrington has become Wittman's full-time caregiver. .
Warrington said she was somewhat surprised when Ingram approached her several months ago with the idea for the 5K: "He said, 'I know you need help, because you’ve been with Brianna 24/7, and not working, and I want to do something because we love Brianna' … It was very touching. I owe them a lot."
The race is over, but it's not too late to show your support. Click here if you'd like to make a donation.