Iowa Donor Network, the organ procurement organization for the state of Iowa, will serve as Primary Sponsor for the Joey Gase and the Jimmy Means Racing #52 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Iowa on May 18. Additionally, the Iowa Lions Eye Bank will serve as an associate sponsor.
About Iowa Donor Network
Iowa Donor Network is a nonprofit, certified by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As the sole OPO in Iowa, IDN works with more than 100 hospitals across the state by integrating organ/tissue recovery and organ distribution with a leading role in public education, hospital development and family support services.
IDN also works closely with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank to promote eye donation.
About Iowa Lions Eye Bank
The Iowa Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit service organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of sight through the recovery, processing and distribution of human ocular tissue for transplantation and research, primarily in Iowa, but also throughout the world. The Iowa Lions Eye Bank is affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
About Joey Gase
A native of Iowa, 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.”