|NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase is helping raise awareness of organ and tissue donation on race tracks around the nation. He is racing at Road America in Elkhart Lake this weekend.(Photo: Courtesy of Joey Gase)|
His mom, Mary Jo Gase, was 44 when she suffered a sudden brain aneurysm six years ago and died.
That family decision to donate Mary Jo's organs gave 66 people a shot at living a better life and gave Gase another, fulfilling, mission to his racing career.
“We knew that if she could no longer continue her life, she’d want to help others continue theirs,” he said in a telephone interview this week. “We thought it would be four or five (people her donation could help). We never knew how big of an impact it really could be.”
A 24-year-old native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gase has worked his way up from local and regional racing to the top tiers of stock car racing. He sits 20th in overall standings in the Xfinity Series and is also racing a partial schedule in the marquee Monster Energy Series. He and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race on Sunday in the Johnsonville 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake. Continue reading
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