IU student injured in Little 500 practice upgraded to fair condition

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Photo above courtesy of Facebook (Lauren Gill featured far right)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 25, 2014)—An Indiana University student who was critically injured during practice for the Little 500 last week has been upgraded to fair condition, said university officials.

Lauren Gill, 23, continues to recover at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following the crash on April 17. Gill was injured after hitting a bike in front of her during a 25-lap practice race in Bloomington. The crash sent Gill off her bike and onto the ground, where she landed on her head and shoulder.

The Indiana University Student Foundation has organized a special tribute in support of Gill during the race this weekend. Gill’s IU Nursing teammates will be featured in a special parade lap before the start of the women’s Little 500 race on Friday. Additionally, the foundation will make 1,500 custom Lauren Gill bandages that will be available to all riders and fans wanting to show their support.

Gill’s teammates have set up the Lauren Gill Recovery Fund to help her family.  The fund has already raised more than $7,000. 

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