Web Extra: Race to memorialize boy killed in crash

Event hopes to bring awareness to the Donate Life Memorial

Published On: Nov 26 2013 02:17:16 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Nine-year-old JT Townsend loved working on cars with his dad and loved going to the demolition derby and races at Orlando Speedworld.

In April, JT's short life ended when the driver of a truck ran a stop sign and collided with his mother's minivan.

JT was ejected from the vehicle and never recovered from his injuries.  His mother, Kathy, also lost her life in the days following the crash.

But the Townsend family has been able to find a silver lining in the tragedy.  JT's organs were donated to various people in need of transplants to survive.

The thought of knowing that his heart would beat on, albeit inside someone else's chest, has been comforting.

On Friday, JT's father will have the chance to meet at least one of the people who benefited from the child's organs.

Orlando Speedworld is holding a race in JT's honor at their Crasharama event.  The John H Townsend V Donate Life Memorial Skicar race will be part of the "Night of Destruction."

At least one of JT's organ donation recipients is expected to attend the event.

Adult tickets can be purchased online  for $20 or at the gate for $25.  Children's tickets are $5 online and $10 at the gate.  Children under ages 6 get in for free.