NASCAR Driver Honors Organ Donors In Mansfield

  • 8/8/2019 3:53:47 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- NASCAR Xfinity driver, Joey Gase, helped to honor organ donors on Thursday at the OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Gase told WMFD that organ donation has a special place in his heart which is why he wanted to get involved with Lifeline of Ohio.  The organization educates the public about organ donation.

"I'm so passionate about organ donation because in 2011 my mom passed away of a sudden brain aneurysm and when that happened the doctors asked us if she would like to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor and at that time it was something we never really talked a whole lot about before," Gase said. 

However, Gase and his family knew that his mother would have wanted to help and save lives through organ donation.

"But we knew if she could no longer continue her life, she would want to do whatever she could to help others continue theirs so we said yes, and later we found out that she was able to help improve and save the lives of 66 people which was amazing to us and ever since that day I wanted to do whatever I can to help raise awareness for donation," Gase said.

According to Gase, there are thousands of people waiting for an organ donor in America right now.

"I learned that there's over 110,000 people on the waitlist nationwide right now waiting for an organ and unfortunately, a lot of those people are passing away because there's not enough organs to go around," Gase said.

Donor families were able to sign and place their handprints on Gases' #35 car as a part of their "Handprints of Hope" Ceremony. 

For more information on Lifeline of Ohio, check out their website.

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