Alabama Organ Center and the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency have teamed up to serve as Primary Co-Sponsors for Joey Gase and the Jimmy Means Racing #52 car in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3. The race is part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The Alabama Organ Center (AOC) is the federally designated organ procurement organization for the state of Alabama. The AOC works with all of the hospitals in the state to coordinate their donation services. Like all organ procurement organizations, the AOC is a non-profit organization. It provides these services:
- Hospital education
- Public education
- Screening of potential donors
- Coordination of the donation process
- Family support
The AOC is committed to providing a better quality of life for those who require an organ or tissue transplant, while respecting the families who share the gift of life.
The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is the federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for most of the state of Mississippi. Additionally, MORA works in cooperation with the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank to provide tissue recovery services.
MORA is one of 59 organ procurement organizations nationally. The federal government requires hospitals to have policies and procedures in place to insure that each family is given the opportunity to donate organs and tissue upon the death of a loved one. MORA works with the local hospitals in its designated service area to ensure that families receive the option of organ and tissue donation.
About Joey Gase
Gase is currently in the Top 20 in the NASCAR Nationwide Driver Standings and has competed in every Nationwide race this year.
Gase’s mother, Mary Jo, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Just 18 at the time, Joey made the courageous decision to donate her organs and he has become an advocate for donation since. His car is regularly adorned with the face of his mother and/or others who have given the Gift of Life making his one of the most unique cars in all of NASCAR.
Gase regularly makes appearances at hospitals and donor awareness-related events. In the past year alone, he has advocated for organ, tissue and eye donation at more than 100 events, has been featured as a member of the Donate Life float in the Festival of Roses Parade, been featured on ESPN multiple times and done dozens of stories for local television, radio and newspaper outlets.
His hard-racing style, humble attitude and willingness to share his story has won him a loyal following at racetracks across the country. He has also developed a strong following on social media and is a popular personality at Organ Procurement Organizations from coast-to-coast.
He says the ability to share has been invaluable.
“I think it’s really helped both of us [Joey and sister Ashley] get past all that. To just know that mom is still living out there in different ways.”