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NASCAR driver lends helping hand to save lives

NASCAR driver Joey Gase lends helping...

A NASCAR Competitor has become a driving force behind a life-saving program.

At Friday night's Food City 300 race, you'll see Joey Gase sporting a big logo reading "Donate Life."

It's an organization dedicated to getting people signed up to be organ donors, something that hits close to home for the 23-year-old. His mom passed away from a brain aneurysm in 2011, but since she was an organ donor, her death gave life to more than 60 people.

"Not everyone knows what the donate life logo is," Gase said. "If they see the hand-prints they're going to look up donate life and see what it is and why it's important."

As you watch him speed by, you'll see hand-prints all over his car. For the thousands of people watching, it's one of many race cars, but there's a special reason for the added decor.

The decked out vehicle and mission go hand-in-hand for Joey, who was set up at the DMV in Blountville Wednesday afternoon.

As people see it, he hopes it might strike up a conversation. After all, it worked for Christopher Campbell who just drove by and got curious. Minutes later he checked yes.

"Year's ago, I never thought about it," Campbell said. "Now I'm and organ donor!"

Campbell's hand-print was joined by other donors and recipients who say not a day goes by where they don't encourage others to give back.

"When I was 19 years old I received a life saving transplant," Meredith Haga who now works with Donate Life Tennessee said. "A kidney transplant. Waiting for someone to save my life, I wouldn't wish that on anyone."

Joey told News 5 this car is for all the donors out there, saving lives, just like his mom.

"It really meant a lot to me and my family knowing that my mom was able to make such a big difference out there for so many people," Gase said.

More than 120,000 people nationwide are waiting on a life-saving organ transplant.

To help you learn more about organ and tissue donation, you can click here if you live in Tennessee or here if you live in Virginia.


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