The local community is coming together in numerous ways to offer support to Corben Brooks and his family after the Mount Shasta High School senior suffered serious injuries during Friday’s preseason football scrimmage.
Corben suffered a broken neck and a C5 spinal injury while making a tackle during the scrimmage. He had surgery for the broken neck Saturday in Redding and was recovering in the intensive care unit as of early this week.
“The surgery went very well,” according to his aunt, Kris Pelletier of Mount Shasta, who said it may be as long as 18 months before the longterm effects of Corben’s injuries are known.
Many Mount Shasta High School students gathered Sunday evening to paint the Graffiti Bridge on Old Stage Road with messages of support for Corben. The messages include: “We Believe in Corben” and “Stay Strong” and “We Love You Corben.”
The Mount Shasta Athletic Booster Club announced that it will hold its upcoming annual Fall Tailgate party on Sept. 3 as a fundraiser for Corben and his family.
Members of the community who consider themselves “Friends of the Family” have joined together in support of Corben and his fight to recover. Following a meeting Monday night they announced that a dinner/auction is being planned for the second or third Saturday in October to raise funds for the Brooks family.
An account for Corben has been established at Scott Valley Bank. Those wanting to contribute can do so at any Scott Valley Bank branch.
Pelletier said Corben’s parents, Kevin and Ronna Brooks, and all family members “are so appreciative of all the support. The support of this town has been unbelievable.”
Mount Shasta High School football coaches Mike Davis and Mike Reed described Corben as kind-hearted and “a natural leader” who is looked up to by his peers and “gives 120 percent in everything he does.”
The coaches say they believe he’s the kind of person who can beat the odds.
An honor roll student throughout his years in school, Corben plays football and basketball for the Bears and was a member of the golf team last spring. He loves to hunt and ride four-wheelers, and loves his car, Pelletier said.
“With the determination he has and all the family and town support, I think he’ll be fine,” Pelletier said.
“They’re a great family, it’s time for us to step up and help them,” said Kim Baldi, the school’s wrestling coach and an organizer of the Tailgate Party scheduled for Sept. 3.
According to a press release,“The Booster Club would like to invite all communities to come together for this very special and important event, and show Corben Brooks and the Brooks Family the love and support that is being felt for them in this difficult time.”
The press release from the Friends of the Family group states that several businesses and organizations have already contributed, including Mt. Shasta Supermarket, Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant, Alpine Business Equipment, Pigoni Distributing, Ron’s Furniture, Scott Valley Bank, Wonderland Distributing, Pepsi Cola Bottling of Mount Shasta, Mount Shasta High School football team and cheerleaders, Burger Express, the Mt. Shasta Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, the Mount Shasta Police Department Association, and the South Siskiyou Men’s Softball Association.