Corben Brooks’ spirits remain high

Skye Kinkade

A fundraising dinner for Corben Brooks will be held on Sat. Oct. 18 at the Mount Shasta National Guard Armory, hosted by the fundraising group Friends of the Family. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a live auction with Mount Shasta Police Chief Parish Cross, Mayor Russ Porterfield, and MSHS assistant football coach Mike Reed serving as auctioneers.

Corben was transferred last week from San Jose to Shriner’s Hospital in Sacramento, his mother, Ronna Brooks, said on Tuesday. “We’re not sure how long he’ll have to be there.”

Corben suffered a C-5 spinal injury during a football scrimmage in August. “He’s still a quadriplegic,” Ronna explained, “but his spirits are good and he’s getting stronger every day.”

Corben is able to manipulate his wheelchair, and has been slowly gaining strength in his wrists. “He still doesn’t have fine  motor skills... He doesn’t have the ability to grasp, grip, or pinch,” Ronna said, “but he is able to use his iPhone.”

Since he got his new cell phone, which features a sensitive touchscreen, Corben feels like he has more freedom, said Ronna. “He can communicate on his own now, without Kevin or I interpreting for him.”

By early next week, Ronna said they should know more about Corben’s long term condition. “After all the team leaders from occupational therapy, physical therapy, and exercise therapy are able to meet with Corben, there will be a team assessment, so we will have a plan and a program for his therapy.”

During Saturday’s auction, many valuable items and even vacation packages will be up for auction. Barbecued tri-tip and chicken, rigatoni, bread, and salad will be served for dinner, and a no-host bar will be available with beer, wine and soft drinks. All proceeds from this event will go toward the Corben Brooks benefit fund.

Dinner tickets are $20 each and are available in Mount Shasta at Images, Ron’s Furniture, Brooks Auto and Mount Shasta City Hall.

For more information about the benefit dinner you may call Kaila Burns at (530) 859-2066.

“We are so appreciative and grateful for all everyone has done for us,” said Ronna.

Corben has been greatly missed during his long absence from the community. “Corben wants to come home  for [Mount Shasta High School’s] Homecoming,” Ronna said. “That’s his plan, but we still aren’t sure if Shriner’s will release him for that.”