Jenell Shoals, McElvene's mom, helped decorate the float in California on Monday and shared photos of it on Facebook. According to DonateLifeFloat.org, McElvene's tissue donation — skin grafts, bone grafts, and vein — healed more than 75 people.
Shoals told the Donate Life organization her son registered to be an organ and tissue donor the day before he died while visiting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with her, and his donation inspired his two teenage brothers, Trayshawn and Escarvar, to register.
“He’s still alive, living through other people,” Shoals told DonateLifeFloat.org.
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McElvene's memory was also honored in November with a youth basketball tournament in Fort Wayne. More than 200 boys and girls participated in the event. Everyone wore "Give like Big Steve" T-shirts with his No. 5 on the back. His floragraph was on display at the event, and his family helped finish the portrait, according to IndianaDonorNetwork.org.
McElvene attended the University of Dayton for two years and played one season with the Flyers, playing a key role for a team that won a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship in 2016. He owns the school record for blocked shots in a season (55) and is tied for the school record for blocks in a game (6).
McElvene’s family will be honored at halftime of Sunday’s game against Richmond at UD Arena by Life Connection of Ohio for his tissue donations.
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