Collin McSpirit, a Wilton High School Class of 2012 graduate, was recently in a serious motorcycle accident, and is hospitalized with significant injuries. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help support McSpirit as he battles a severe brain injury, multiple surgeries including a leg amputation, and a long period of hospitalization and recovery.

His mother, Wilton resident Lisa Kleckner, has posted updates on social media (and has relayed permission through a friend for GMW to share the story).

Collin’s sister, Erin McSpirit, created the GoFundMe campaign. She wrote that her brother was in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, where he now lives. On Jan. 17, He was admitted to the ICU at the Medical Center of Aurora, where his leg was amputated above the knee.

Collin, a Marine Corps veteran, works as a crew chief at a local moving company as he studies psychology at Community College of Denver. His sister wrote that Collin enjoys “an active lifestyle full of hiking and snowboarding.”

“Unfortunately, the individual at fault (and ticketed) of the accident has minimal insurance to cover the costs of intensive care, multiple surgeries, upcoming months of specialized rehab and long-term medical accommodations,” Erin wrote, adding, “We know that this is just the beginning to a very long road to recovery.”

Kleckner updated her Facebook post on Thursday, Jan. 27 with some encouraging words.

“We are witnessing small steps to healing on Collin’s 11th day in ICU. As there have been critical periods, I will share his positive moments of healing. He has had three successful surgeries, decreased swelling on his face, hands, and right foot, his three-day fever has normalized, and received confirmation that he will not need brain surgery. His short periods of lucidity are embraced as he thanks the nurses, recognizes his parents and siblings, smiles, and gives a thumbs up. As we prayed over him while he wasn’t responding and prior to be taken out of his room for surgery, he lifted his head and said, “Amen”.

As of Friday morning, Jan. 28, 500 donations have been made, raising almost $68,000 toward a $250,000 goal. Visit the family’s GoFundMe campaign online to support Collin McSpirit in his recovery.