Jesse Collens, a longtime Mount Shasta resident, injured his neck May 20 in a mountain biking accident in Anchorage, Alaska, where he now resides, and at this point is paralyzed from the neck down.
His mother, Joanne, and brother Danny are with him and his father was on his way from Arizona.
Jesse remains in the Critical Care Unit at Regional Hospital in Anchorage.
The community is rallying to support Jesse and his family. Collection jars are located at Berryvale, Couch Critics, Shasta Base Camp and the Sportsmen’s Den.  Checks can be made out to Dawn Fryling or directly to Joanne Collens and sent to 308 Sheldon Ave. in Mt. Shasta. 
Jesse Collens spent most of his youth in Mt. Shasta. He is one of the first youth leaders to envision building a skatepark here. With the help of his mother and massive community support, he began a major fundraising campaign to build a skatepark for which construction will begin this summer.
Jesse is 21 years old and a graduate from Mattole Valley Charter School in Mt. Shasta. He worked at Has Beans Coffee Shop and Berryvale Deli. His interests include dancing, a variety of outdoor sports, jewelry making and cooking. 
Before this accident he was attending community college and working as a cook and manager for a restaurant in Anchorage. 
To access accurate and up to date information related to Jesse’s condition, you can visit his blog at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessecollens/mystory.