Published: Oct 06, 2012 12:00 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 05, 2012 6:46 PM EDT

TAMPA- Jesse Watlington remains in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital after being struck by lightning on Wednesday afternoon.

His family held a press conference from the hospital this afternoon.

His family is asking for prayers and said they wanted to express their sincere appreciation to the school “family” of Southwest Florida Christian Academy, the faculty, staff coaches and students and to the church family of McGregor Baptist Church.

Donations made to "Jesse's Fund" can be brought to McGregor Baptist Church or Southwest Florida Christian Academy.

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