NASCAR driver Joey Gase joined Medical City Denton, Southwest Transplant Alliance and Donate Life Texas on Thursday, April 6, to celebrate the hospital’s name change and share his personal experience as an organ, eye and tissue donor family member. Gase also unveiled the Donate Life Texas # 52 car he raced on April 8 at the Texas Motor Speedway as part of the My Bariatric Solutions Xfinity 300 Series.
Gase was asked to donate his mothers’ organs, when she died suddenly in 2011. Her organs, eyes and other tissues ultimately touched the lives of 66 people in need of transplant. Since then, Gase has become as passionate about donation as he is about racing. In December 2015, he was awarded NASCAR’s inaugural Community Champion Award for his work supporting organ, eye and tissue donation.
As a special treat, guests including representatives from Denton Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Lynn Stuckey's office, the community and the hospital signed their names and made handprints using paint on Gase’s Donate Life Texas #52 car. These personal tributes to donor heroes, transplant recipients and healthcare professionals adorned Gase’s car and accompanied him on the racetrack as an inspiration to fans about the power of donation.
In addition to helping celebrate April’s National Donate Life Month, guests experienced the new lobby renovations at the hospital and had the opportunity to view the new Emergency Medical Service dispatch center at the back of the hospital and enjoy light refreshments.
Joey Gase Racing: http://www.joeygaseracing.com/
Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor Registration
- Donate Life Texas state donor registry: https://www.donatelifetexas.org/
- Process of donation: https://www.donatelifetexas.org/learn-more/learn-the-facts-about/donation-process/
Donation and transplantation statistics: http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/