By MONA NAIR6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A ceremony paying tribute to a Central High School former student and cheerleader was held Thursday night at a football game.
Mandy Harrell died in an accident on Labor Day, 2006. Her family donated her organs, which were used to save or improve the lives of six people.
Every year since, the school honors Harrell at a football game close to the anniversary of her death. Her family uses that day to raise awareness about organ donation.
Many at Thursday night's game wore purple and green on the field and in the stadium. Those were Mandy's favorite colors.
The students in attendance did not have a chance to know Mandy, but they know what she stood for and her legacy of organ donation.
The family gave out brochures at the stadium telling kids how they could donate life.
"We make her life matter just a little more by letting people know the importance of signing up to be an organ donor," said Betsy Harrell.
"I know on the back of your license you can check off if you want to be an organ donor. And I know for sure I did that because of Mandy," said Kara Clark, a cheerleader.