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Legacy of UNC Mascot Lives On

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:00 am - April 23, 2007.
Filed under: Carolina News,Post 9-11 America

I found this story very encouraging in our times of “bad news all the time”.

UNC Mascot’s Liver Saves Life – Charlotte Observer

A New Jersey man says he’s alive today thanks to Jason Ray, the UNC Chapel Hill senior and Tar Heels mascot who died last month after he was struck by a vehicle.

Dennis Korzelius has Ray’s liver.

Ray, 21, suffered severe brain injuries when he was hit by an SUV while walking back to his hotel before an NCAA tournament game in New Jersey. He died March 26, leaving organs to five people.

“There is some comfort in knowing that even though your son is gone he’s got his organs supporting five other people’s lives,” Ray’s father, Emmitt Ray, told the Observer on Friday. “They could have all been gone by now. There is some good feeling about that.”

That’s enough to keep me going on a Monday morning!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)



  1. Sign that organ donor card today!

    Ooh rah.

    Julie the Jarhead

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — April 23, 2007 @ 7:35 am - April 23, 2007

  2. That was a great story to read to start the week.

    I second Julie’s comment – sign your organ donor card. And make sure you tell your family.

    Comment by Mike — April 23, 2007 @ 8:04 am - April 23, 2007

  3. And for those of us who cannot donate organs due to medical or religious reasons, a nice contribution to the Organ Donor Medical Group will also suffice. Just FYI.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 23, 2007 @ 9:05 am - April 23, 2007

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  5. Bruce, thanks for telling PART of the story of Jason Ray –a young man with infectious humor, team spirit in overdrive, a healthy sense of public service and duty to his community at UNC… and a Bible-studying, living his life as the Word, Christian. Besides being a business major, he was minoring in religious studies.

    As Sister Toldjah tells it:

    “He also was active in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and played in a band for Thursday worship services.”

    “‘His strong personality could at first be a little intimidating’, said Adam Miller, a UNC-CH sophomore who was in the Bible study group Ray and Humphries led. ‘But Ray was willing to show vulnerability. He shared his doubts about his business major with his Bible study group and his fears that a 9-to-5 job might leave him feeling empty’.”

    “‘He was very open with what he was struggling with,’ said James Jolley, a UNC-CH senior. ‘He was able to share common struggles … to show that I was not alone.’”

    Hmmm, that’s a great skill to be recalled in the wake of your death. And for all those Duke fans, I now know that God must indeed be a Tarhell, because He brought Jason home to the Carolina Blue sky.

    Fitting tribute, Bruce. Thanks.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — April 24, 2007 @ 2:12 pm - April 24, 2007

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