A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist the family of Jaylin Sumpter, a Lee County High School student who presumably suffered a stroke on Aug. 19.
Family friend Nicole Campbell set up the page, which states that Sumpter is currently “bed bound not being able to walk…(Sumpter) has no use of his right side and limited speech.” It goes on to state that “he is expected to make a full recovery”
Campbell told The Rant that Sumpter led a “healthy, average life” up until the evening of Aug. 19. He was playing video games at home that night when he lost feeling in his right hand. He attempted to stand and immediately fell to the ground. He was rushed to Central Carolina Hospital where he was diagnosed with a stroke and was then airlifted to UNC Hospitals.
He remained in intensive care until Thursday, and has started an aggressive rehabilitation program that will last 12 days.
Sumpter is a starting linebacker for the Yellow Jackets and works part-time at Wendy’s in Sanford as well.
Funds raised by the page will go to his mother, who will need to stay with Sumpter the entirety of his rehabilitation, to compensate for lost wages and other expenses.
“He is the oldest of three boys raised by his single mother, Stacey Sumpter, who prior to the stroke was working two consistent jobs to provide for her boys,” said Campbell. “As a friend I saw the need to make an effort to reach out to friends and neighbors with the GoFundMe page so that his mom could focus on his needs while she is out of work.”
Update: Nicole Campbell sent more photos of Jaylin and his family Sunday night.