AlloSource Sponsors Joey Gase in NASCAR Nationwide Race to Drive Awareness for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation | July 18, 2014
AlloSource is sponsoring Joey Gase, a NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver and donor son, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19.
Gase combines his racing career with his passion for raising awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation by driving a unique racecar featuring photos of donors.
When his mother, Mary Jo Gase, passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm, Gase, who was just 18 at the time, made the decision to donate her organs and tissue. The experience inspired him to use his racing career as a platform to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. AlloSource processed Mary Jo’s tissue for transplant and it enhanced the lives of 59 people throughout the country and in Korea.
Gase’s car will feature Dylan Richardson, a seven-year-old boy from Illinois who saved three lives through the donation of his heart, kidneys and liver. Gift of Hope, the Organ Procurement Organization serving Illinois and Southwest Indiana, coordinated the donation. The Richardson family often shares their story of how donation offered comfort during their time of unimaginable grief.
“Joey visited AlloSource earlier this year and we were so inspired by his dedication to organ and tissue donation that we wanted to sponsor him and help him promote donation awareness,” said Thomas Cycyota, President and CEO of AlloSource. “We are grateful for the opportunity to honor Dylan and his family, whose generous decision to donate provided hope in the midst of an indescribable tragedy.”
Gase currently sits at #20 in NASCAR Nationwide driver standings. The NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway will be televised at 8:30 P.M. (Eastern Time) on ESPN2.