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Northwoods Spotlight - Kim Parsons Memorial Tour June12Submitted: 06/12/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


- Saturday nights in Three Lakes mean racing at TNT Speedway.

But this weekend, drivers can earn some hardware. It's the tour, and more importantly, the cause behind it is this week's "Northwoods Spotlight."

Steve Parsons has been an announcer for several area tracks for about 35 years. Kim Parsons helped her dad many times for over 5 years.

"My daughter always wanted to be the trophy girl," Steve PArsons exlaines. "She thought it was neat to hand out the trophies."


But five years ago, Kim died from a fall in a freak accident. Her story doesn't end there however. Despite her death, Kim is helping people.

"She was an organ and tissue donor," Parsons adds. "Since my daughter's death, she has helped over 40 people. It boggles my mind."

Steve created the Kim Parsons Memorial Tour - to help promote organ and tissue donation. He's teamed up with UW-Health. And Burt Trophy and Awards out of Marshfield provide the trophies at a reduced cost. They'll go to about 5 feature winners each night for over 50 events at 27 different tracks.

Saturday's race will be the first of two stops at TNT Speedway. Organizers and Drivers support the tour and the message it brings.

"Drivers always like to get a trophy anytime," says TNT Speedway owner Tim Rutzen. "It's always good to support organ donation."

Through a young racing fan's death, Organ and tissue Donation awareness is getting some attention.

Last year 115 Wisconsin donors helped make 443 organ transplants possible. To see other stops on the tour, click on the link below.



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Two other endangered species plates are currently available.

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The eagle plate will replace the other, a badger plate.

The plates' fees include an annual $25 donation to the DNR's endangered species fund.

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