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Take a look back at the E:60 and ESPN.com stories on the death of 21-year-old North Carolina mascot Jason Ray.
• E:60's Ray of hope
• E:Ticket on Jason Ray
• E:60 Home
More: Oprah Winfrey speaks with ESPN's Lisa Salters about Ray's story, Thursday on The Oprah Winfrey Show (check local listings)
Since Jason Ray's story first appeared on ESPN, his parents Emmitt and Charlotte Ray have traveled from Arizona to New York to Florida to share their son's story as well and talk about the gift of organ donation.According to David Flemming, president of Donate Life America, Ray's story has likely been responsible for helping register more than 46,000 new organ donors, a number that could result in saving the lives of more than 163,000 people. Next week, the National Consortium for Academics and Sport will honor Ray with one of its,"Giant Steps" Awards. And in February, the Ray family is being honored by the New Jersey Sharing Network, the organ procurement organization that handled Jason's case. "It just amazes us how this story continues to touch people," Emmitt said. "Jason would be so incredibly proud."
-- Wayne Drehs