Pearl City's Chace Numata saves five lives with donated organs
It's not often you can help change the world after you've left it. But Pearl City's Chace Numata is doing just that.
When he died tragically at age 27 following a skateboarding accident, it was a given that Numata, catcher for the Erie SeaWolves, would be remembered for his talent on the baseball field.
Numata left another legacy that his family made public on Tuesday: His heart, liver, pancreas and both kidneys were donated to help others 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 written 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 as an organ donor, staff from UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, as well as the Center for Organ Recovery & Education together with the Numata family, including parents Cher and Nathan Numata, sister Kanani Numata and brother Chevas Numata, gave Chace Numata a hero’s sendoff — an honor walk.
During the honor walk, Chace Numata was led down the hospital corridor from his hospital room to the operating room. Pushing his hospital bed were members of his family as well as the Erie SeaWolves President Greg Coleman. In the background played KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Give it Up,” Numata's favorite song and "walkout song" as a player.
“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.”
As is done with all organ donors, UPMC Hamot lit their outside lights in the Donate Life colors, blue and green, to honor him and his donation.