Blazers honor Jerome Kersey's legacy with Donate Life NW: 'He's still paying it forward'
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Trail Blazers are back in Portland Tuesday night after a five-game road trip.
While the team works to secure another win in their playoff push, they'll also join “Donate Life Northwest" to solidify the legacy of Blazers great Jerome Kersey.
Kersey spent 9 of his 17 NBA seasons in Portland, and continued to work with the Trail Blazers organization after retirement.
He died in February 2015 of a pulmonary embolism. He was 52 years old.
Donate Life NW said his organs were donated after his passing, which saved the lives of eight children in a burn unit and enhanced the lives of hundreds of others.
Kersey's daughter Kiara tells KATU News Tuesday night’s game is quite special for her.
"What it means to me personally is my dad's legacy hasn't died and that he's still paying it forward," said Kersey.
The fact that he was an organ donor was a surprise to Kiara, who said, when she found out, "It kind of brought him back to life for a little bit and it gave me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Like he’s still out there doing stuff for the community even communities miles and miles away in Texas. And his love of helping people has stretched that far."
This is the third annual Donate Life NW Trail Blazers night. They'll have a booth set up on the 100 level concourse near entrance A25 during the game. Fans will be able to find more information about organ donation and be able to register on site to become a donor. Proceeds from tonight's raffle will also benefit the organization.
The Blazers host Milwaukee Tuesday start a three-game home series at the Moda Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
With just twelve games left in the season, each one is a must-win for a chance at the playoffs.