NASCAR Driver Joey Gase Returns to Cedar Rapids to Inspire Iowans to Donate Life

NASCAR Driver Joey Gase Returns to Cedar Rapids to Inspire Iowans to Donate Life

Cedar Rapids, IA — NASCAR dri­ver and Cedar Rapids native Joey Gase is team­ing up with Iowa Donor Net­work to inspire race fans to reg­is­ter as organ, eye, and tis­sue donors when he returns to his home­town to par­tic­i­pate in the Big 8 Late Mod­el Series race this Fri­day, June 4th and the Be A Hero 30602 Late Mod­el race, spon­sored by Iowa Donor Net­work on Sat­ur­day, June 12th at Hawk­eye Downs Speed­way. Gase’s race car will fea­ture a pho­to of John Van­der­Lin­den of Indi­anola who passed away in 2012 and saved five lives as an organ donor. VanderLinden’s daugh­ter Emi­ly plans to attend the June 4th race and his daugh­ter Mal­lo­ry plans to attend the June 12th race, both will meet Gase and get an up-close look at their dad’s pho­to on the race car. Mem­bers of the media are invit­ed to attend on both dates. 

Gase has been a pas­sion­ate advo­cate for organ and tis­sue dona­tion since the age of 18 when his Mom, Mary, passed away of a sud­den brain aneurysm and became a donor. Mary saved and improved the lives of 66 peo­ple through organ, eye, and tis­sue dona­tion. Gase is encour­ag­ing peo­ple to sub­mit a Mes­sage of Hope to be dis­played on his race care for the June 12th race to help inspire all to donate life.

As of June 1st, there are more than 107,000 peo­ple wait­ing for a life-sav­ing organ trans­plant in the Unit­ed States, includ­ing near­ly 600 in Iowa. A sin­gle organ donor can save up to eight lives and a sin­gle tis­sue donor can heal 50 – 300 peo­ple. Iowans can reg­is­ter to save lives at IowaDonor​Net​work​.org.

For more infor­ma­tion about Iowa Donor Net­work please vis­it our web­site at IowaDonor​Net​work​.org.

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.