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Community vigil planned for paralyzed SRVHS grad

Jake Javier remains in intensive care after pool accident on eve of graduation

Family and friends are planning to hold a community prayer vigil this weekend in support of Jake Javier, a San Ramon Valley High School football star who was paralyzed the day before graduation earlier this month.

The vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday at the school's athletic field at 501 Danville Blvd., the teen's supporters posted on the Jake Keola Javier's Recovery Page on Facebook.

Javier, who was set to play football for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the fall, remains hospitalized in intensive care and is paralyzed from the chest down following a pool accident on June 9, according to family members' updates on the Facebook page.

The teen is now breathing on his own, has some feeling in his shoulders and upper arms, and ate Wednesday for the first time in 12 days, according to the Facebook updates. Javier also received a visit from Hall of Fame football player Ronnie Lott.

Community members have rallied around Javier, his family and their "#‎stayStrongJake" message after learning of his injury.

A GoFundMe fundraising drive to support Javier's recovery raised $50,000 in less than 12 hours and exceeded its initial $150,000 goal in less than a week. The tally stood at $185,720 as of mid-afternoon Thursday.

Javier, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound offensive lineman, was set to be a preferred walk-on with the Cal Poly Mustangs in the fall, according to the university.

"Jake is a great young man, a quality guy and he was at our Spring Game in April," Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh told the Cal Poly Mustangs website earlier this month. "We were looking forward to his arrival at Cal Poly, but now our thoughts and prayers are with him as we hope for his best possible recovery."

Javier's injury has become national sports news, with USA Today and Sports Illustrated among the nationwide publications to report on the story.

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