BOISE -- The Kuna High School football player who broke his neck during a game last week appears to be making progress in his recovery.

KTVB has confirmed that Boone Bartlome's condition has improved from critical to serious.

Coach Lee Leslie spoke to KTVB's Jay Tust Thursday evening and said that Boone was working with a therapist who placed a towel on a table in front of him. Boone was able to lift his shoulders and place his arms on the table, even though he wasn't able to grasp the towel with his hands, he was able to slide the towel across the table with his arms, and he did this while Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen was there visiting.

Every day now we're seeing small miracle, Leslie said.

Bartlome injured his spine in the game against Bishop Kelly High School last Friday night.

His coach, Lee Leslie, says Bartlome went to block, tripped, and collided with another player. He was carried off the field, suffering some paralysis, but was conscious.

Bartlome shattered his C-4 vertebrae, and had surgery hours later. Doctors fastened a titanium plate to his spinal cord.

While there's no word on his paralysis, his family says Wednesday's upgrade is a small victory.


Bishop Kelly is honoring Bartlome on Thursday, where they will host a healing mass at 7:25 a.m. in the St. Teresa's Chapel.

The service is open to the public.

We've also learned that there will be a special tribute to Bartlome this weekend at the Boise State game against Wyoming. Leslie said that Boise State has invited the entire Kuna High School Football team and their parents to attend the game.

Coach Lee Leslie posted online that a picture of Bartlome will be put on BSU's giant video screen, and they're hoping everyone at the game will stand up and cheer.

If you would like to help Bartlome's family, you can donate directly to the 'Benefit Boone,' fund at any U.S. Bank location across the country.

You can also drop off a donation to 'Benefit Boone' at any Treasure Valley Alliance Title & Escrow branch location.

On Monday, you can help the Bartlome family by stopping by any Dutch Bros location in Meridian. Dutch Bros tells KTVB they will be offering all their Medium drinks for $2. All proceeds from those drinks will go to the Bartlome family. The special is happening at all four Meridian Dutch Bros locations on November 18.

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