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 30” 602 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 IowaDonorNetwork.org.
For more information about Iowa Donor Network please visit our website at IowaDonorNetwork.org.