ST. CHARLES – A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family of Aidan Carlson, a St. Charles North sophomore who suffered a severe brain injury during during the football game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East on Oct. 4, according to a message posted by Carlson's uncle, Sean Peters, on the fundraising site.
The Go Fund Me page states that Carlson was airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and underwent emergency brain surgery. He has been stabilized in the pediatric intensive care unit, according to a nurse at the hospital
Peters writes that Carlson is undergoing procedures, and that the boy is "in amazing hands with an amazing team of nurses and doctors at Lutheran General."
"We, his family, are by his side praying he can continue to get stronger and wake up and start his path to a recovery," Peters wrote on the page. "Many of you in the community have sent your prayers to him and we can’t begin to tell you how appreciative we are of your help. Aidan is such an amazing young man, he is truly a kind, loving kid who loves spending time with his little brother Ashton and his mom and dad."
Carlson wears No. 19 and is a linebacker and running back for the North Stars. North's varsity football coach Robert Pomazak wrote about Carlson on Twitter on Sunday.
"We can all take a moment to send our thoughts well wishes and prayers to our guy [Aidan]," Pomazak wrote. "The power of positive thoughts can make a difference . We are thinking of him, we love him and we are there for the family during this time."
Carol Smith, director of communications and community relations for District 303, said in an email that the district is continuing to monitor the situation.
"A student was injured at Friday night’s football game and we continue to monitor the situation," Smith wrote on Monday. "The District 303 community is sending our thoughts and best wishes to our student and his family during this time."
St. Charles North High School Athletic Director Dan Dolney said the athletic department is also monitoring Carlson's condition.
"We are sending our thoughts and best wishes to him and his family. We have supports in place for students and staff members who need it," Dolney wrote in an email Monday afternoon.