Racer Part of Special Event Held During the NASCAR Alsco Uniforms 302 Race in Las Vegas
During the Alsco Uniforms 302 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) on Saturday, Oct. 14, one car held a very special meaning. The images of five local organ, eye and tissue donor heroes adorned driver Joey Gase’s vehicle along with donor families’ “Messages of Hope.”
In 2011, Gase’s mother Mary died of a brain aneurysm and helped save and heal the lives of 66 people as a heroic organ, eye and tissue donor. Nevada Donor Network and Gase have partnered together since 2013 to promote the gift of life and health through donation by honoring local heroes and their courageous families each time he races at LVMS.
The donor heroes honored this year included: Bernice Jones; Jesse Dalton Valdez, Jr.; William Monk; Kyle Ray Reyes; and Bobby Pierce. Gase will be having dinner with the family members of the donor heroes being honored the night before the race at Nevada Donor Network.
Joey Gase has developed a passion for educating others about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation, along with honoring other donor heroes like his mom. Through Nevada Donor Network’s partnership with Gase, these special honoree tributes and “Messages of Hope” are intended to inspire Nevadans to say ‘YES’ to registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. Registering to become a donor hero brings hope to more than 600 Nevadans and over 100,000 Americans currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
One heroic donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation, heal up to 75 lives through tissue donation and help restore sight for up to two people through cornea donation. Learn more about how you can help by becoming a donor.