Rebeca Piccardo/News Director
A University student’s tragic accident stirred other students into fundraising to help relieve the family of medical expenses.
Cristina Gomez, a senior education major, has been in a coma since Monday, May 12 at Kendall Regional Medical Center after a running accident.
She was found under a bridge on Southwest 104th Street and 149th Avenue. She allegedly fell off the bridge while running and sustained serious injuries, including fractures on her skull, ribs and back, according to a report from WSVN.
Since then, members of Alpha Xi Delta, of which Gomez was an alumna, as well as other friends have taken to social media to show their support, with the hashtags #prayforcristina and #CristinaStrong.
On Wednesday, about 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to support Gomez.
On Thursday May 15, senior chemistry major, Fernando Trillo, created a gofundme site to raise $5,000 dollars to help Gomez’s family with medical expenses.
“Besides the fact Cristina was a friend of mine, I am her sororities philanthropic sweet heart,” said Trillo.
He is Alpha Xi Delta’s “Xi Man,” and said he felt it was his duty to help Gomez, her family and the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta.
In the first couple of hours, $345 were been donated to the site: http://www.gofundme.com/97nv44.
Eight days since the funding page was created, 59 people have donated a total of $1,586 towards helping Gomez and her family.
Donation amounts range from $5 up to $200 and some leave comments showing their support, while others donate anonymously to the cause.