SAN JOSE — As Robbie Carroll sets up for a shot with the pressure of everyone looking at the lean blonde haired kid, he didn’t care if he would sink the shot or if he missed.
“I was fulfilling my dad’s dream,” Carroll said.
Watsonville High School basketball hosted the first ever Shoot Off Tuesday in honor of Patrick Carroll to help raise awareness of organ donation at Watsonville High School.
“The response from the community has been amazing,” said Samantha Carroll, wife of Patrick. “For them to do something like this is pretty amazing. It shows that the community can come together in times like this.”
Samantha explained that Patrick’s dream was to play against his doctor in a game of basketball when he got his new heart and became healthy.
Patrick and his family moved from Long Beach to live a more relaxed life, because of his heart condition, transposition of the great arteries.
He worked at Auto Care Towing as a dispatcher from the day that the family moved up to Watsonville until he passed away at the age of 36.
Samantha said that despite his condition he never missed a day of work, only when he had doctor appointments or when in the hospital.
In 2010 Patrick’s heart weakened to the point of having a transplant, but he was kept on the waiting list until March of last year.
Patrick received a heart transplant, but passed away just a month later of complications.
Now, Patrick’s family hopes that, through something as simple as a shoot off, the memory of her husband can live on and the organ donation can receive more exposure.
“It’s a way to give a second chance at life,” Robbie a sophomore at Watsonville High said. “It’s like a miracle. It’s a small thing that you can do, that can make a difference.”
Samantha said that Patrick had become an “ambassador” of the cause while he was sick, and now the family has teamed up with California Transplant Donor Network and Watsonville High School head basketball coach James Gomez.
“As long as I’m here I want to make this a every year thing,” Gomez said. “When I heard about this I just wanted to reach out and help this family. I wanted to help this Watsonville family.”
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