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Father remembers late sons in fight for mental health awareness

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"Every second it would be worth, every second that I’ve put into this."

Jay Leisentritt is talking about his efforts to make people aware of mental illnesses.

A year ago, his son A.J. died by suicide and a few months later he lost his younger son, Jayson, in an accident.

Now, Jay along with his fiancée, Shelly Johnson are hoping they can make a difference and maybe even help save lives.

And this week they are sharing their message with the help of the Tri-City Motor Speedway.

Leisentritt's passion is about his sons. It's all about helping those with mental illnesses and being the driving force and steering everyone in the right direction.

On Friday, there will be 11 tables with 18 mental health counselors that will be here to help others getting the help they need.

"Hopefully, it will be incredible just to try to help one person," Leisentritt said.

The track is the perfect place to share their message. Signatures with goodbyes will be written on the car that both A.J. and Jayson loved, to remind everyone of the love felt for both young men.

"Both boys had a passion for racing and motor sports, and when they were here, they were smiles from ear to ear," Leisentritt said.

Today those smiles motivate this father to reach out to anyone may be struggling with mental illness.

"If there's anybody out there that has any thoughts that something is wrong, we will have the help out here Friday night for you to come. It is 100 percent for the people,” Leisentritt said.

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