WATCH: Erie SeaWolves Catcher Receives Final Honor for Donating Organs
Erie SeaWolves catcher Chace Numata’s legacy as an organ donor was recently honored, according to a post and video shared by UPMC.
Staff from UPMC Hamot, as well as the Center for Organ Recovery & Education together with the Numata family, gave Numata a hero’s sendoff with an honor walk.
He was led down the hospital corridor from his hospital room to the operating room with members of his family and Erie SeaWolves President Greg Coleman pushing his bed.
KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Give it Up,” the catcher’s favorite song and the one that rang through the baseball stadium every time he took the field, played in the background.
“Chace was a great ambassador for the Erie SeaWolves,” Coleman said. “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.”
Numata was a Detroit Tigers prospect who played for its Double A affiliate team, the Erie SeaWolves.
He died on Labor Day after falling from an electric skateboard.
He was able to donate his heart, liver, both kidney and pancreas, to help others in need of organs.