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'The power of prayer is working': Former Miss Waco battles for her life after being hit by a car

Baylor, Scott and White Vigil
Posted at 10:27 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 23:41:38-05

HEWITT, TX — As Jamie Blanek spent another night in Baylor, Scott & White Hospital in Temple, dozens of her friends and family gathered in the parking lot outside, lifting up prayers of healing.

Blanek was airlifted to the hospital Saturday night after she was hit by a car at the corner of Chapel Road and Old Lorena Road just outside of Hewitt. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, she was assisting motorists from another crash when she was struck.

"She loves to be that person to help," said Jackie Murski, one of Blanek's best friends. "She's a fixer. She's a doer, and it does not surprise us at all that she stopped to help someone."

Blanek remains in the hospital, but her parents say she is making progress.

"From what we've seen, the power of prayer is working. So that's what we're trying to keep going," Murski said.

Murski and a few more of Blanek's friends helped organize a vigil in the parking lot of Baylor, Scott & White Monday night. Dozens showed up to voice their support and lift up more prayers.

"I've had people reach out that don't even know her," Murski said. "She touches people without even meeting them."

Blanek is a familiar face in the Waco community. She once held the title of Miss Waco USA and now works as a catering manager with her family's company. She also serves on the board of a local animal rescue nonprofit.

Now, her community is trying to show her the good deeds and love she has shown are not unnoticed.

"She wants to make sure everyone is welcome and feels important, and I think people realize that and that's why everyone is coming out," said Bricker Bruner, a friend of Blanek.

The Blanek family said they are not asking the community for money or flowers. They simply want one thing- prayers.

"We just want her to know that we're here for her and praying for her," Bruner said.