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Numata's legacy lives on with organ donation

@beckjason
September 10, 2019

A week after the tragic death of Chace Numata, the Double-A Erie catcher received one final celebration for giving the gift of life to others. Long before his death, Numata had elected to be an organ donor. After he passed away following a skateboarding accident over Labor Day weekend, his

A week after the tragic death of Chace Numata, the Double-A Erie catcher received one final celebration for giving the gift of life to others.

Long before his death, Numata had elected to be an organ donor. After he passed away following a skateboarding accident over Labor Day weekend, his heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas were able to go to people in need.

“Chace has always been such a caring and giving person who loved to help others and his final wish is to do exactly that,” the Numata family said in a statement. “God blessed him with so many gifts during his lifetime, and now Chace has the ability to continue his legacy by saving lives with the gift of giving his organs to those in need. ‘Chace Boy,’ we are so proud of you for all that you are, all that you have done and all that you are doing.”

To honor Numata’s legacy, the staff at UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, Pa., and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education joined Numata’s parents and siblings as well as Erie SeaWolves president Greg Coleman for an honor walk. Coleman and Numata’s family pushed Chace down the corridor from his hospital room to the operating room as his walkup music, KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Give It Up,” played in the background.

“Chace was a great ambassador for the Erie SeaWolves,” Coleman said in a statement. “He had a contagious smile and a fun-loving spirit that could instantly brighten your day. Chace had a positive impact on so many lives, so it was no surprise that he decided to help others by being an organ donor. While we’re saddened by the loss of our teammate and friend, we take great solace in knowing his legacy will live on in others.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.