On Thursday, February 21, 2019, NASCAR driver Joey Gase will visit Augusta Christian Schools, where Drew Passmore, who became an organ donor after his tragic death in 2017, was a student and athlete, to share Joey's personal experience as a donor family member and honor the life of Drew, and donor families in general. Recipients, donor families, and registered organ donors will be invited to sign and make handprints on Gases’ #35 car during a special event called “Handprints of Hope.” The personal tributes to organ donors, transplant recipients, those waiting for a transplant and healthcare professionals will ride with Gase on the track during his race as an inspiration for fans about the power of donation. Members of the community are also invited to attend.
Following his mother’s death in 2011 of a sudden brain aneurysm, Joey made the decision to donate her organs, eyes and tissues, which ultimately touched the lives of 66 individuals in desperate need of a transplant. Since then, Gase has become as passionate about donation as he is about racing. In December 2015, he was awarded NASCAR’s inaugural COMCAST Community Outreach Award for his work supporting organ, eye and tissue donation and donor families. MBM Motorsports is excited that Gase will pilot the No. 35 entry in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, and that the LifeLink/Donate Life Georgia No. 35 car will race in the Rinnai 250 at the Atlanta Speedway on February 23, 2019.