Emily Clark, shown here on a Spring Break cruise in 2015 with boyfriend Neal Hollis, was one of five Georgia Southern nursing students killed in a crash. An endowment named after her benefits patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. (Special)

Pure Barre event planned in honor of Georgia Southern nursing student

She was only 20, but Emily Elizabeth Clark had big dreams. She wanted to become a nurse and dedicate her life to helping sick children.

But on April 22, 2015, Clark was one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed in a crash on I-16. On Saturday, Pure Barre West Cobb will collect donations to continue Clark’s mission. “Benefit at the Barre” proceeds will go to an endowment named for Clark created to help young patients.

Clark and her classmates were headed in two separate cars to a Savannah hospital for their final clinical of the school year when a tractor-trailer failed to stop, causing a seven-vehicle crash.

Clark, of Powder Springs, Morgan Bass, 20, of Leesburg, Abbie Deloach, 21, of Savannah, Catherine “McKay” Pittman, 21, of Alpharetta, and Caitlyn Baggett, 21, of Millen, all died from their injuries. Two other nursing students were injured, but survived.

After her death, the “Emily Elizabeth Clark Endowment Fund” was set up through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All of the money raised benefits children in both the pediatric oncology and neonatal intensive care units.

Classes will be held at 6:45 a.m., 8 a.m., and 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Both cash and check donations will be accepted in the studio, located at 3600 Dallas Hwy SW, Suite 310, Marietta.

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