NASCAR driver speaks to Tennessee High students about organ donation


Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase hugs Sabrinna Young

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Joey Gase’s mother died after suffering a brain aneurism in April 2011 and he and his family made the difficult choice to donate her organs to help others.

Little did they realize that 66 people would be helped by their decision.

Today, Gase, who will drive car No. 52 in the Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway, uses his connection with NASCAR to promote organ donation across the nation.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Iowa native was at Tennessee High School urging about 100 students to consider the possibility of becoming organ donors.

"I came home from school and found my mom on the floor. She had had a brain aneurism," he said. "By the time we got her to the hospital, there wasn’t a lot the doctors could do and she died. They asked us to donate her organs, eyes and tissues. At that time, I didn’t know a lot about organ donation, other than you check a box on the back of your [drivers] license."

Once Gase learned the number of people helped by the donation of his mother’s organs he decided to do something to support the cause. Continue reading