UPDATE: The family of Carthage football player Tyler Christman is preparing to say goodbye after a serious head injury the 14-year-old sustained during a game on Saturday in West Genesee.

Christman’s father, Jason Christman, posted a message on Facebook in memory of his son. “As your parents we are the most blessed people to have been front row to witness your fearless exploration of life,” Christman wrote.

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWTI) — Tyler Christman was on the minds of North Country residents as many woke up for school and work on Monday.

On September 18, Christman, a junior varsity football player at Carthage High School, sustained a serious head injury while playing at his team’s away game at West Genesee. Posts shared by community members and EMS services said that Christman “dropped instantly” after being hit on the field.

The young football player is now receiving emergency medical care as his injury is causing brain swelling and bleeding. Schools in the North Country are rallying to support Tyler and his family by wearing red.

Christman’s Aunt, Faith Parks, shared photos of the school districts wearing red on Facebook. School leaders also shared messages of support.

Community members continue to use the hashtags #CarthageStrong and #TylerStrong to show their support on social media.