Hundreds laced up their running shoes Saturday morning to benefit a Middle Tennessee family affected by a horrible tragedy.
Katy Nevil and her family were driving to Texas for Thanksgiving when they were in a serious car wreck in Arkansas. Katy, 38, died instantly and her 12-year-old daughter Lauren is still in the hospital.
Neighbors, friends and even strangers came out for the Nevil Family 5K walk and Katy's Mile, an event organizers called a fundraiser, a goodbye and a prayer for healing all in one.
"I am so pleased to be here today and one word describes it which is ‘wow, wow and wow,'" were the words spoken by Lauren's father and Katy's husband, Steve Nevil.
He continued, "She was truly my best friend and we had an amazing marriage. I was blessed to have her. I wish I had more time and I don't understand the plan, but I do think it's much bigger."
The goal of Saturday's event was to raise funds to help pay medical bills as Lauren remains in a Texas hospital with a brain injury.
Steve Nevil told the participants and volunteers that he wanted to remind him of a Bible verse that has gotten him through the tough times since Thanksgiving.
"That's Luke 8:50, and that is ‘Do not be afraid, believe and she will be healed,'" he said.
For more information on helping the Nevil family, visit the run's Facebook page.