Community Rallies Around Local Athlete Following Brain Injury

(Salisbury Post) – On April 12, Roarke Burton’s life almost changed forever. On that day, he decided to take his electric scooter out for a ride to enjoy the sunshine and nice weather in Chapel Hill. Fifteen minutes into his ride, the former Salisbury High tennis standout took one hand away from the scooter bar to scratch his head for one quick moment.

The next thing he remembered was being surrounded by people telling him an ambulance was on the way. Roarke had hit a crack in the pavement, sending him head first into the pavement without a helmet.

When the paramedics arrived they performed a neurological evaluation on Burton, asking him whether he remembered his name, what year it was, and if he could move his hands and feet. CONTINUE