School Hosts Fundraiser for Mother Carjacked in Parking Lot

T-shirts, cherry pies, Cherry Cokes and "pray for Mrs. Cherry" bracelets to be sold

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    T-shirts, cherry pies, Cherry Cokes and "pray for Mrs. Cherry" bracelets will be sold to raise money for the medical bills of a Pantego Christian Academy mother who was run over during a carjacking in the school's parking lot. (Published Thursday, May 24, 2012)

    A cherry-themed fundraiser will be held Friday for a mother of two injured in a carjacking at Pantego Christian Academy.

    Nina Cherry, 55, was run over by minivan in the school's parking lot during the May 7 carjacking.

    “To think that can happen in broad daylight in our parking lot -- that's scary,” said Kelli Burks, a former parent and teacher at the school.

    Burks, who works in graphic design, created T-shirts to raise money for Cherry's mounting medical bills.

    “This was just something we could do,” she said.

    Pantego Christian Academy will sell the T-shirts Burks designed, cherry pies, Cherry Cokes and "pray for Mrs. Cherry" bracelets.

    “This family needs your help and needs your prayers,” Burks said. “This is a small way anybody can get involved and help this family.”

    Cherry has been in and out of intensive care ever since the attack.

    Police said Benjamin Rowell pulled Cherry out of her van, threw her to the ground and ran over her, crushing her pelvis.

    Cherry has undergone multiple surgeries and has more ahead. Her recovery is expected to extend through the summer and possibly the end of the year.

    “We are trusting in the doctors and nurses to take care of her the best they can and for God to bring her back to her full force," Burks said.

    The fundraiser begins at 7 a.m. Friday at Pantego Christian Academy.