Driver Joey Gase will race this weekend in NASCAR’s Xfinity series at Dover’s Monster Mile, and he hopes a very special paint job on his car will turn some heads.
“It’s rare to see handprints all over a race car, people want to know why, then we get to tell them why," Gase said.
Gase uses his car to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation as his mom was able to help 66 people after she died from a sudden brain aneurism when he was 18.
“Ever since that day, I wanted to do whatever I could to help raise awareness for donation because I learned there’s over 110,000 people on the waitlist nationwide and I want to get that down to zero," he said.
He brought his car to the Gift of Life Family House to get those handprints.
“That has been the reason why my father and I have been able to get through. A very dark time is so much easier to handle when it’s filled with love and hope and peace, and you know that there’s a greater good through all of it," she said.
She praises Gase for using his platform to spread the word about organ donation.
“To have someone who has the power that he does, make it almost enticing to see what is this car with all these handprints? And it brings our story to the forefront, his story to the forefront and it will literally save thousands and thousands of people," Schmitt added.
KYW Newsradio Suburban Bureau Chief Jim Melwert, a living kidney donor himself, participated in the event.