Talladega NASCAR driver honors young donor

NASCAR fans from around the country traveled to Talladega Superspeedway the last weekend in April to cheer on their favorite drivers.

The Alabama Organ Center was busy rooting for #35 Donate Life driver, Joey Gase, at Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Hundreds of race fans joined us in the Sparks Energy tent to learn about organ, eye and tissue donation while many of those fans also registered to be donors themselves. Even someone from Canada registered to be a donor!

Each year, a donor is honored with a picture on the Donate Life Alabama race car. Sadie Stewart passed away in 2017 and was able to save the lives of three people. Sadie’s family members, including parents, Anthony and Jennifer Stewart and uncle and aunt, Christopher and Brandi Ricketts, joined the Alabama Organ Center in celebrating the life of Sadie.
While in town for the race, Joey Gase stopped by Samford University in Birmingham to sign autographs and share his story of being a donor family. Those who came to meet Joey were also able to sign a hand placed on the car.
Joey’s journey to organ donation began when his mom, Mary Gase, died from a brain aneurysm when Joey was just 18 years old. He has since championed the cause of organ, eye and tissue donation and helps to raise awareness anywhere he races. To learn more about Joey and his quest to register even more people to be organ, eye and tissue donors, visit: http://www.joeygaseracing.com/