Jerome Kersey's eye and tissue donation helped save lives

KGW | Max Barr

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Jerome Kersey, a former Portland Trail Blazer who gave so much to the franchise, fans and community, continued giving after his death in 2015.

He was an eye and tissue donor.

Kersey gave the gift of life to eight children at a burn center in Texas whose lives were saved by his tissue donation, and his cornea donation enhanced the lives of four people who received a groundbreaking eye surgery, according to Donate Life Northwest.

Kersey died after a blood clot traveled from his leg to his lung. He was 52 years old.

Donate Life Northwest will honor and celebrate Kersey’s gifts Tuesday night when the Trail Blazers host the Milwaukee Bucks. The organization will also help raise awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donations at “Donate Life Northwest Family Blazer Night.” Continue reading