Joey Gase Drives to Save Lives, Honor Mom’s Memory

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Joey Gase isn't a household name yet, but he has had one of the best feel good stories of the NASCAR season.

Driving on used tires and short on sponsors, Gase finished fifth at the famous Talladega Speedway. From the beginning, Gase has always had one sponsor that he keeps close to his heart.

"It gave me a passion. All of our family a passion. To have them as a sponsor it's awesome," Gase said, a Cedar Rapids native.

Four years ago Gase's mom, Mary Gase, died from a sudden brain anuerysm. Gase had just turned 18-years-old and faced an unimaginable decision.

"You're always waiting for the doctors to tell you it's going to be ok, but unfortunately in this situation my mom was brain dead," Gase said from his garage at Iowa Speedway. "We knew if my mom could no longer continue her life she would want to do whatever she could to help others continue theirs."

Gase signed the proper documents and donated his mom's organs.

"It didn't help us get over my mom's passing, but it helped us get through it," Gase said.

The decision to donate saved, or improved the lives of 66 other people including Maggie Schmeiser's.

Channel 13's Michael Admire has the rest of the story.