KANEVILLE – Maple Park native Becky Nelson is slowly emerging from a coma after being injured in a hit-and-run accident in July.
"She's making progress," said her mother, Peggy Nelson. "She's coherent and talking. You just take one day at a time."
Peggy Nelson said she was heartened to see the outpouring of support at Sunday's "Help Becky Bounce Back Blowout." The event took place at the Kaneville Community Center, where she had been a preschool teacher for seven years.
"It's just nice to see everybody come out and support her," she said.
Becky Nelson, a Maple Park native and a 2004 Kaneland High School graduate, was hit by a car on July 1 while living on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.
“She was walking on the sidewalk while going into town to watch the fireworks,” Peggy Nelson said.
Among those attending the benefit was longtime family friend Tom Wells, of Batavia, who was shocked when he heard about the accident. Wells said she always had an exuberant personality.
“Nothing came easy for her, so she was going to get the most out of life,” Wells said.
The benefit featured a number of activities, including a silent auction, kids' games, a bake sale put on by Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake and live music by local band Dave's Not Here.
Audry Buchanan of Elburn, a singer in Dave's Not Here, had the idea of putting on a benefit for Nelson. While she had never met Nelson, Buchanan herself was in a coma for weeks after a car accident when she was 14.
Sunday's benefit turned out bigger than she ever imagined.
“It is astounding how many people came together to donate for the silent auction,” Buchanan said. “This is going to raise thousands of dollars.”