Students rally for “Kyle Sisson Support Day”

Swimming and diving coach Becky Harris and Sophomore Jocelyn Phillipson show their support to Kyle Sisson by wearing the shirts made in honor of him. (Photo: Hernandez)

Swimming and diving coach Becky Harris and Sophomore Jocelyn Phillipson show their support for Kyle Sisson by wearing the shirts made in honor of him. (Photo: Hernandez)

When a tragedy happens to someone cherished by many people, it has a way of bringing out the best in support efforts.

A fellow student at Lecanto High School and a very well known swimmer/diver, sophomore Kyle Sisson, was in a catastrophic dirtbike accident February 16, 2013.

The day after his birthday, Sisson was riding through a bumpy dirt pit with some friends and drove over a big slope and lost all control of the bike, causing him to get thrown off the front and over the handlebars, landing on his back. Before he knew it, the bike was flying towards him and landed on him, fracturing his neck in two places.

Sisson was transported to Ocala Regional Hospital first, then was taken to Shands at the University of Florida. Sisson is temporarily residing at Shepherds Center in Atlanta, Ga. for major care in ICU [intensive care unit].

Sisson was completely paralyzed in his legs and feet, but is now feeling sensation in them, and the paralysis is no longer complete. He may be able to have movement once again.

Many of Sisson’s friends are still in total shock from the accident.

“When I heard about Kyle being in a severe accident, my jaw dropped wide open. It didn’t seem to be real. It seemed like a dream, but then I realized it actually happened,” sophomore Shay Klein said. “I am really sad and when I talk about it; it makes me want to cry.”

Close friends of Sisson’s were selling T-shirts, wristbands, and pins to help with the cost of the hospital bill and also for moral support. Friday, March 22, everyone who bought a T-shirt wore it to participate in what  LHS is calling “Kyle Sisson Support Day.”

The cost of the T-shirts were $12, reading “Keep calm and dive on” with the option of red or green, the wristbands were $3, and the pins were also $3.

To many students at LHS, especially Sisson’s best of friends, this day is signifigantly important to them, because they all still have hope that Sisson will be able to walk again. All of Sisson’s friends support him all the way and are doing anything they can to help.

“I am selling bracelets to help with the proceeds for Kyle and his family and to help with the hospital billing,” sophomore Zach McClendon said.

“I feel really bad for Kyle, but I know he’ll make it through,” sophomore Luis Leiva said. “Especially with all of the help he is receiving.”

“Kyle is one of my best friends, and I know he will get better and we are doing everything we can to help,” junior Kyle Ramsey said. “I even had a little yard sale.”

The money is still piling up for Kyle Sisson and his family, as well as the support from numerous people that have heard about the accident. Sisson is continuing to get better, and the feeling of having the fundraiser at LHS hopefully brings light to his days.