LAURINBURG — Scotland football star Jaylend Ratliffe continues to undergo rehabilitation and is making good progress as of Monday evening, according to a source.
Ratliffe is currently in the pediatric wing of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after doctors moved him out of the intensive care unit late last week. He will continue to undergo physical therapy as he recovers from an ATV accident that left him with a fractured skull almost three weeks ago.
Ratliffe has yet to pass a swallow test, so he will remain on a feeding tube until he does.
The Scotland County community has supported him with several fundraisers the last few weeks. The latest, a plate sale, will take place on Aug. 28 at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Church and Main streets in Laurinburg.
Ray Herring, of Southernway Catering, has organized the sale, calling it, “Cooking for Jaylend.”
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-7 p.m. Plates are $7 each for either chicken or pork chops with two sides, drink and dessert. A plate with both chicken and pork can be purchased for $10.
Tickets can be purchased downtown at Harley’s Tuxedo or the Gospel Music and Christian Bookstore; at Community Drugs or Holmes Insurance, at 1028 and 615 Atkinson Street, respectively; at Carrie & Co., at 898 U.S. 401 or Taylor Made Cuts, across from Scotland High School on Church Street.
An online fundraiser, at www.gofundme.com/cenyp0, reached $8,280 before eventually closing two weeks ago. Donald and Bobbie Lowe are selling “2 Strong” T-shirts in honor of Ratliffe. The shirts cost $20 and the money will be used to help pay for Ratliffe’s medical expenses. The family can be reached at 910-280-9930.
The Mid-South 4-A schools will join the Southeastern 4-A in taking donations for Jaylend Ratliffe at their first home games, an effort the conference announced two weeks ago. Scotland travels to play Mid-South opponent South View for their opening game on Friday.
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.