Injured Kuna High football player Boone Bartlome flies to Colorado

Statesman staffNovember 26, 2013 

NEXT STEP

Kuna High’s Boone Bartlome arrived at Craig Hospital in Denver on Monday to begin rehabilitation after breaking his neck in a game Nov. 8.

Craig Hospital is a world-renowned rehabilitation facility that exclusively specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Bartlome will stay a minimum of 12 weeks, Kuna coach Lee Leslie said.

POSITIVE UPDATE

Bartlome’s family said his condition is steadily improving, and he has been able to move his shoulders, arms and wrists. He’s also showing some movement in his left foot, and he has been cleared to eat a normal diet.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Bartlome’s injury has drawn an abundance of community support, including a school rally, a visit from Boise State football coach Chris Petersen and a Dutch Bros. Coffee fundraiser that collected $14,898 for the family last week.

“The support throughout the entire Treasure Valley, and especially from the Kuna community, has reminded us why the Treasure Valley is such a wonderful place to call our home,” the Bartlomes wrote in a post to Boone's CaringBridge site.

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