For Donate Life Texas and NASCAR driver Joey Gase, this weekend’s race is about more than a checkered flag and the roar of the crowd. It’s about the people whose lives have been touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. We remember the Donor Heroes who have given the gift of life to others in their passing. We celebrate the transplant recipients who make each day of their second chance count. And, we hope for The Call to come for those still on the transplant waiting list.
Donate Life Texas is proud to partner with NASCAR driver, donor son and Donate Life advocate, Joey Gase for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 25th.
In what has become an annual tradition for what Gase calls “Handprints of Hope,” organ, eye and tissue honorees, including family and friends, were invited to submit virtual handprints and messages of hope to be displayed on the Donate Life Texas #51 car. This year, organ donor Raven Goff and heart recipient Diana Evans along with 200 other Texans will be featured on Gase’s car at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Six-year-old Raven Goff died after being involved in a tragic accident in January of this year. Her giving spirit lives on after her parents made the decision to give the gift of life. Raven left a lasting legacy helping to save the lives of six patients through the donation of her heart, liver, two kidneys and pancreas, along with her corneas which gave sight to two small children.
Diana was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, in March of 2000. Her doctor had informed her that there was no cure for this condition and she would most likely need a heart transplant within two years to survive. Diana was listed for transplant on November 1, 2017 and nine days later was blessed with a new heart and a new life.
At the age of 18, Joey Gase tragically lost his mother, Mary, to a sudden brain aneurysm. Faced with a difficult decision, he and his family gave their consent to donate his mother’s organs. Later, they learned that her gift helped to save and improve the lives of 66 people. Gase developed a passion for educating others on the need for organ, eye and tissue donation and honoring all of those affected by donation and transplantation. His car regularly features the face of his mother, other donors, and organ and tissue recipients and those waiting, making his one of the most unique cars in NASCAR.
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