Local 16-year-old in coma at Strong Memorial hospital after hiking accident, GoFundMe set up

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UPDATE (June 2): The Addison community came together Tuesday night and showed they are #BlakeStrong through a candlelight vigil.

The vigil started with a walk from Blake’s house to the Addison Little League field. At the field, everyone signed a #BlakeStrong banner and gathered in a large circle around the field—singing Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”

Following the vigil, the Addison Fire Department turned red in support of Blake and his family.

Blake still remains in a medically-induced coma and the GoFundMe page has raised over $20,000 thus far.


ADDISON, N.Y. (WETM) – Blake Driskell is fighting at Strong Memorial Hospital after what his family called a “freak accident” on Monday night when he was hiking with friends near a waterfall.

Blake’s parents say he slipped and fell while hiking and is now in a medically-induced coma after suffering brain and lung injuries.

Blake’s mother Kim is crediting her son’s friends with making sure Blake’s head was stable and that he did not move until first responders could arrive.

A GoFundMe has raised over $13,000 for Blake’s family thus far and the community is showing their support by putting out red balloons.

New York State Police tell 18 News that Blake was originally going to be flown to Robert Packer Hospital, but he was rerouted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

The Addison community has rallied behind Blake, creating Blake Strong signs and shirts. They have also shared red balloons, Blake’s favorite color, across the community.

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