Tennessee Donor Services will serve as Primary Sponsor for the Joey Gase and the Jimmy Means Racing #52 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Bristol on August 22.
About Tennessee Donor Services
Donate Life Tennessee administers and promotes the Tennessee Organ & Tissue Donor Registry, an electronic, first-person consent Registry in which individuals can designate their desire to be organ and tissue donors through an Internet website, at their
Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS), or by paper enrollment.
Tennessee Organ and Tissue Donor Registry legislation clarifies that those who register at the online registry website, the DOS, and with paper registrations are giving legal consent to donation, which, per the Tennessee “Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act”
(Public Chapter No. 428/Tennessee Code Annotated §68-30-101), cannot be overridden.
The registry gives authorized personnel (organ recovery agency staff, tissue bank staff, and eye bank staff) 24-hour, seven days a week access to the donor designation of those who register on the Tennessee Organ and Tissue Donor Registry either online, at the
Department of Safety, or through paper enrollment.
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.”