Transplant Benefit Brunch Set to Honor Jason Ray

Patients who have undergone solid organ transplants in the UNC Center for Transplant Care will be the beneficiaries of a fundraising brunch and auction in April that honors the memory of Jason Ray ’07.

Ray, who wore the Rameses costume as Carolina’s mascot, was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the NCAA Tournament regionals in New Jersey in March 2007. Ray had signed up to be an organ donor, and his donation of organs and tissues received worldwide attention.

Anson Dorrance ’74, women’s soccer coach, will be the keynote speaker. Also scheduled to speak are Dale Folwell, speaker pro tempore of the N.C. House of Representatives; and Ray’s parents, Charlotte and Emmitt Ray of Concord.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. April 29 in Alumni Hall of The Carolina Club at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. For registration information, call Kimberly James at (919) 428-8538.

Money raised at the brunch also is intended to provide a permanent memorial to Ray and to increase organ donation awareness. The Jason Ray Foundation hopes to raise $1 million to name the UNC Transplant Care Clinic in Ray’s memory.

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