LAURINBURG — The staff of the Scotland County Clerk of Court’s Office helped raise over $1,000 Friday by conducting a 30-minute cake and dessert raffle for the benefit of Jaylend Ratliffe and his family. Each raffle ticket was $1, and selections were until until the tickets ran out.
This was another announced fundraising event in a week that has seen many options for people looking to making a contribution.
As of Friday night, the Scotland High football star is off of his ventilator, a source close to the family said. He is talking, but his speeech is limited and his voice is “raspy,” according to the source, attributed to the fact that he has been on the breathing tube for the last week and the tracheotomy he underwent.
Other fundraisers of note include the Mid-South 4-A schools joining the Southeastern 4-A in taking donations 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.
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 Lowes said they have sold over 500 T-shirts as of Friday and they anticipate selling many more. The shirts costs $20 and the family can be reached at 910-280-9930.
According to a source, Ratliffe is able to move around a lot in his bed and is regaining more strength by the day. He is able to move his legs and right arm on command as well. There is cautious optimism surrounding Ratliffe’s health, but it is stressed by the source that he still “has a long way to go.”
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.
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 almost 160 Facebook “likes” as of Friday night.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.