LAURINBURG — As Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe continues fighting in a Charlotte hospital, county residents have kicked fundraising efforts into overdrive.
T-shirts are being sold, online drives have been established and an account has been set up in the name of the star player and Georgia Tech recruit who was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center on Tuesday following an ATV accident.
Ratliffe’s condition as of Friday evening remained critical yet stable, largely unchanged from the previous night, when he was sedated so his brain could rest. Ratliffe has undergone numerous tests since being admitted, as well as surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
An online fundraiser, at www.gofundme.com/cenyp0, had raised $5,560 in 20 hours.
T-shirts bearing Jaylend’s No. 2 and the word “strong,” were for sale by Bobby Lowe, with proceeds going to the family. For information, call 910-280-9930.
An account was set up for Ratliffe’s family at the State Employees’ Credit Union early Friday morning by Scotland County Rescue Squad and the Laurinburg Police Department. Anyone can place money in the account at any branch, according to Kevin Strickland, commander of the squad.
The two departments were moved to help Ratliffe’s mom Sharon McIntyre, who works as a police dispatcher.
The account is only accessible to Sharon, Strickland said.
“We’re in the business of taking care of people,” he said. “… The least we can do is take care of our own.”