Community rallies for injured motocross racer

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Scott Barth

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Scott Barth’s life was forever changed on Nov. 17.

On the first lap of a motocross race in Delaware last month, the 23-year-old Middle Township resident crashed his 2009 Yamaha YZs 250. The injuries left him paralyzed from the waist down. Barth also suffered a broken shoulder blade and a few broken ribs.

He faces a long road to recovery. He’s also learning to cope with the fact that he’ll never race again.

All the while, area residents have been rallying around Barth. A website has been set up to collect donations to help cover expenses. Some $100 donations have been made, and others have come in at $200.

As of Tuesday afternoon, $7,885 has been raised. The goal is $20,000.

 “He’s an amazing person,” said Angelo Cileone, whose son, Anthony, is friends with Barth. “He has a lot of support.”

Cileone said Barth is probably the most caring and understanding young person he knows.

“I’d rather not be doing any of this. It’s just really unfortunate,” Cileone said.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Barth was on his 13th day at the Magee Rehabilitation in Philadelphia. In a phone interview, Barth said he figured he would spend two or three more weeks at the facility.

He said he has remained positive as he heals from his injuries.

“The accident could’ve been a lot worse,” he said.

Barth said he has stayed busy with therapy and with friends and family visiting him.

Once he’s discharged from rehab, he plans on finding a job. He has to get used to using a wheelchair.

He will also be looking for a new hobby, though he’s not what it will be. He’s not giving up on motocross racing. He’ll just be on the sidelines, watching his friends compete.

That’s fine with him, Barth said, who is a 2008 Middle Township High School graduate.

“It’s still a good time,” Barth said.

Motocross racing has been a hobby of Barth’s, and he had been participating for a year.

Barth lives in Middle Township, and his parents are Michael and Lorraine Barth.

Donate to help Barth at .

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