LAURINBURG —The Mid-South 4-A has joined the the Southeastern 4-A in fundraising efforts for Jaylend Ratliffe at their first home games, the conference announced Thursday. Scotland travels to play Mid-South opponent South View for their opening game on Aug.22, where the school will be taking donations to help Ratliffe’s family with medical expenses.
This is another announced fundraising event in a week that has seen many options for people looking to making a contribution.
As of Thursday night, the Scotland High football star is off of his ventilator, a source close to the family said. He is also attempting to talk, although his voice is “raspy,” according to the source, attributed to the fact that he has been on the breathing tube for the last week.
An online fundraiser, at www.gofundme.com/cenyp0, reached $8,280 before eventually closing earlier in the week.
Donald and Bobbie Lowe are selling “2 Strong” T-shirts in honor of Ratliffe. The shirts costs $20 and the family can be reached at 910-280-9930.
The Scotland County Clerk of Court is putting together a raffle drawing to raise money as well. The raffle starts today at noon and lasts until 12:30 p.m. The tickets are $1 each and an assortment of prizes are available to the winners. Drawings will take place until all of the tickets have been used.
Also, an account for Ratliffe and his family has been set up at State Employees Credit Union by Laurinburg Police and Scotland County Rescue Squad. The account is only accessible to Ratliffe’s mom, Sharon, and anyone can donate to the account through any SECU branch.
Ratliffe is still under some sedation, but when awake he is aware of his surroundings and is able to communicate by hand squeezing. According to a source, he is able to move around a lot more in his bed and is regaining some of his strength. He is able to move his legs and right arm on command.
Many at the National Night Out on Tuesday showed their support for Jaylend by requesting his number 2 at the face painting booth.
Social media has been instrumental in spreading the news of the donation opportunities for Ratliffe. The online fundraiser had almost 1,500 Facebook shares as of Thursday, and the #prayforjaylend hashtag on has trended on Twitter for a number of days. Donald and Bobbie Lowe have spread the news of their “2 Strong” T-Shirts by posting on there own personal Facebook and Twitter pages. Laura Bailey, the wife of Scotland coach Richard Bailey, posted a picture of their son Carson wearing a “2 Strong” shirt — the photo had close to 150 Facebook “likes” as of Thursday night.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.