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IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Saves Lives With Organ Donations

His donated organs are already helping others.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday night at the age of 37. He sustained a head injury after he was hit by debris and crashed during a race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Wilson is survived by his wife and young daughters, and left a strong legacy within the auto racing community.

Moreover, what he physically left behind is now helping others live on. His younger brother, IndyCar racer Stefan Wilson, tweeted on Tuesday that Justin's organs have been donated and will help save the lives of six people. 

Wilson was one of 120 million registered organ donors in the U.S. Although millions have registered, an average of 22 Americans die every day waiting for transplants, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Each day, however, 79 people on average receive organ transplants. 

For more information on how to become an organ donor, see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' handy state-by-state map.

 

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