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Winterport Rallies to Bring Native Son Home After Bicycle Crash 

Friends and family are coming together to bring a Mainer in California back home.27-year-old Gabe Allen was critically injured when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on vacation in San Francisco in August.Now the community is raising money for a special trip back to the East Coast.”When he was in a coma for seven weeks, it was difficult.”Summer Allen says her brother Gabe – an avid cyclist and cupcake fan – is exceeding doctors expectations as he recovers in San Francisco.”He is able to recognize words on a page, he’s able to respond to basic commands and these are all really important basic things when you’re recovering from a brain injury that the rest of us just don’t even think about.”Gabe’s mother has been by his side since the accident, while friends in Maine, New York and even California have raised money for an air ambulance ride him. It could cost around $30,000. “It’s a very expensive service but it’s very important when you have someone with these sustained injuries that you kind of get them to where they’re going quickly.”Allen says she’s been amazed at the community support so far – support she knows will soon bring her brother home. “I had no idea that so many people were so wonderful, so caring – care so much about him.”A couple of fundraisers for Gabe Allen are scheduled for this week. The first is benefit supper that took place Thursday night at the L.H. Smith school in Winterport. On Sunday afternoon, a benefit concert will be held at the My Fork Bar and Grill in Winterport. That starts at 1 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. In addition to those fundraisers, bicycle-frame builder Anthony Maietta, a native of Winterport, is donating a custom-built frame for a benefit raffle. The raffle will start in the next week or so. Details can be found at www.getbettergabe.com.