The Leaf Chronicle | Adam Tamburin
Photo: Pat Powers, left, met Billie Jean Grace, who was the recipient of his son's heart after the teen was hit by a car and killed on Riverside Drive. / For The Leaf-Chronicle/Tony Centonze
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Paton Powers died on Feb. 19, one day before his 18th birthday.
Although he didn’t live to see that milestone, his heart kept beating – in the body of a 36-year-old mother of two named Billie Jean Grace.
His father, Pat Powers, agreed to donate his son’s organs, and Grace was one of six people across the country who received them.
Powers said that knowing his son’s organs have kept others alive has helped to ease his grief.
“That was my son, and he gave life to them,” he said. “His spirit’s in heaven, his soul is in heaven, but his life goes on.”Now, Powers said, he hopes to inspire others to become organ donors in Paton’s memory. On Sunday, Powers worked to do just that during a memorial service for Paton in McGregor Park, where he handed out green “Give Life” wristbands and shared his story alongside Grace.
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