EJ student remains in critical condition

GoFund Me page set up for Parker family

McALISTERVILLE — An 18-year-old East Juniata High School senior who was injured three weeks ago in an accident on his way to school remains in critical condition.

Austin Parker, of McAlisterville, was riding his bicycle to school the morning of Sept. 29 when he was struck by a vehicle heading south on state Route 35.

Parker was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He has been there ever since in critical condition.

Fundraisers have been set in place for Parker, including a 50/50 raffle held last evening at the East Juniata High School home football game at West Snyder Elementary School. Parker was a first-year receiver for the team.

Members of his family attended Bunkertown Church of the Brethren, where Pastor Wes Stahl said a fund has been set up for his expenses.

“Our church is helping through our Wellspring Fund,” Stahl said. Donations can be made to Bunkertown Church of the Brethren, 52 Bunkertown Road, McAlisterville, PA 17049.

Stahl said 100 percent of the donations will be used to assist the family with any expenses.

Stahl has been in regular contact with the family and shared a statement on behalf of Brenda Hunter, Parker’s mother.

“I think it’s an unbelievable feeling to know that the football coaches and the team can show such respect for their football brothers during their time of need. There are no words to describe the feeling we get by the response of prayers and support from EJ High School as well as all the churches in our County and surrounding counties. God bless,” she said.

A GoFund Me page has been established by friends of the family for Parker’s financial needs at https://www.gofundme.com/skpw6e-help-austin-to-his-recovery.

As of Friday $1,545 of the $10,000 needed has been raised through GoFund Me.