NASCAR driver promotes organ donation in Ashland


ASHLAND - No one has to convince Joy Bryant Harris of the importance of donating organs. It has given her a second chance at life.

Harris, a Huntington resident, received a liver through the Donate Life program a dozen years ago. She was among about a half dozen people Tuesday to talk about donating or receiving organs as part of a Donate Life program at the Ashland riverfront.

"I was only on the (donor) list for 19 days," Harris said. "That in itself was a miracle. We need every one of you to be donors."

About 100 people, including Joey Gase, a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, were on hand to talk about the importance of donating organs. April is National Donate Life Month.

Gase, who drives the No. 52 Donate Life car, drove up to the event Tuesday afternoon in an Ashland police cruiser with a Donate Life decal and Donate Life handprint decals that people signed. The cruiser will be on patrol this weekend, said Police Chief Todd Kelley.

Kelley and his sister, Boyd County Circuit Clerk Tracey L. Kelley, helped sponsor the Donate Life event. Continue reading
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