On Monday, April 3rd, NASCAR Driver, Joey Gase, came to Wyoming to help kick-off National Donate Life Month at Old Chicago in Cheyenne. Joey was only 18 when his mother, Mary Jo, died of a brain aneurysm in 2011, and he made the decision to donate her organs and tissues. He races in her honor and is now as passionate about promoting organ, eye and tissue donation as he is about racing. When he isn’t racing, he travels around the country to raise awareness of the need for people to register as donors.
Wyomingites of all ages came out to meet Joey and to ‘show their hearts’ for organ, eye and tissue donation by painting a red heart on his car. Joey took time to sign autographs and take pictures with everyone that attended the event. “This is my first time in Wyoming and it’s really great to see such strong the support for organ, eye and tissue donation. Anytime we can raise awareness and get more people to join the registry it’s a great thing,” said Gase.
Throughout the month of April there are a series of celebrations at which Wyomingites can ‘show their hearts’, including a week of discounts from local businesses for residents who show the hearts on their licenses or wear blue and green in celebration of National Donate Life Month.
Here in Wyoming, there are nearly 200 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and hundreds more that could benefit from eye and tissue donations. Show Your Heart in support of organ, eye and tissue donation during National Donate Life Month. Register to be a donor at Driver Services or visit DonateLifeWyoming.org to sign-up anytime. #ShowYourHeartWY