Tyler Patnaude's family and friends came together at the Richmond Raiders football game Saturday to carry on his legacy that gives the gift of life through organ donation.
Tyler was only 18 years old when he died late April in a car accident.
Organ donation hits close to home for the Patnaude family. When Tyler was a little boy, his grandfather was a recipient.
“My dad received a kidney from a young man who was killed in an accident,” said Yvonne Patnaude, Tyler's mother.
Yvonne says her son decided on his own to give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor.
“When was in middle school was in a youth and government program and that's what his dream was--that people would be educated before they had to make that decision on their driver's license,” she said.
The United Network for Organ Sharing--or UNOS-- has a booth set up for the next four raiders games in hopes of raising awareness and encourage people to become donors.
“He was a giver of life, and are you? I want them to ask that question to themselves,” said Yvonne.
The Raiders also donated a portion of Saturday’s ticket sales to the Tyler Patnaude Foundation.
“The goal is for Tyler's parents and family to know that even though they haven't lived here very long, they have a community and they have a family here in Richmond,” said Hope Gillespie, with the Richmond Raiders.
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