At Friday night’s football game at Amherst County High School, friends honored two families affected by deadly car accidents.
Both families are left without a mother, and an Amherst County freshman, who is also a member of the marching band. remains in intensive care, according to school officials.
“She really is a lot of fun,” band director Mark Campbell said of 14-year-old Yesenia Hernandez. “She always has a smile on her face. She’s always working terribly hard and does a great job.”
Yesenia was seriously injured in a car accident on Tuesday that took her mother’s life, according to authorities. Yesenia performs in several school bands, Campbell said, including the marching band, in which she has played alto saxophone since last year.
Band members and some in the crowd wore blue ribbons at the game in her honor.
“Baby blue is Yesenia’s favorite color, so the students that knew her best – they really are the ones who were the inspiration for this,” Campbell said.
The 50/50 fundraiser at the football game is going towards Yesenia’s family and the family of Cindy Martin, a mother who died last week after a car accident at the end of September, according to school officials.
“The community has really rallied together for this family,” said Kim Falls, a friend of Cindy Martin. “They really have come together, and it shows a lot because you never know when you’re going to be in the same position. You would hope they would do the same for you.”
As Yesenia remains in a coma in the intensive care unit, her fellow band members remain hopeful and are keeping their spirits high, Campbell said.
“We’ve been staying pretty busy to keep our spirits up, and…we’re praying that things turn out well for her,” he said.
The winner of the 50/50 donated back her winnings to the families. According to organizers, the 50/50 raised a total of nearly $800.