TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A mother is raising awareness in the minority communities about the importance of organ donation after losing her son to a rare heart disease last year.
Cassney Rayford's son, Tylan "Ty" Rayford, died last year following football practice at North Pontotoc High School. Ty received tissue from a donor at age 7 after an accident and thus became an organ donor.
Rayford intends to honor her son's life by launching the #LikeTy campaign.
The event was held at the Mall at Barnes Crossing on Thursday evening.
The campaign is to encourage others to become organ donors to help save lives just as Ty made a major impact on many lives and gave life to others by being a donor.
Rayford plans to do the same.
"She is going to share his story and also become a donor to show how important it is and to do it first to lead by example," Katina Holland said. Holland is the founder and CEO of Wear It Well Inc. The nonprofit organization sponsored the #LikeTy event.
Members of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Association were on-site sharing statistics and information.
All proceeds raised at the event will go to the Tylan Rayford Scholarship Fund.