His parents described Jason as a young man who loved life, loved Carolina and also loved people. His decision to become an organ donor later helped 118 people.
"We just honored his wish and I've never regretted it," Charlotte Ray said.
Ten years since his death, his legacy seems infinite.
His family started the Jason Ray Foundation in his honor, which raises money for other transplant patients. The foundation holds a golf tournament every year to help raise money. The tournament will be held April 3 in Kannapolis this year.
UNC also renamed its transplant clinic in 2016 after Jason, whose death prompted more than 46,000 people to sign up to be donors too.
"That was our whole intent when we started this, making sure Jason wasn't forgotten," Emmitt Ray said.