Cabela’s Donate Life Day to raise awareness about importance of organ donation
April 5, 2022
April 16 event at Noblesville store features autograph session with NASCAR winner Ryan Newman, family-friendly activities
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – A go-to retailer in Noblesville for everything outdoors has partnered with Donate Life Indiana during National Donate Life Month to raise awareness about how critically important organ donation is in saving Hoosier lives.
Cabela’s Donate Life Day starts at 10 am Saturday (April 16) with a news conference featuring speakers NASCAR winner and native Hoosier Ryan Newman, Cabela’s General Manager Brian Crawford, Donate Life Indiana Chairman Tim Clauson and an executive with Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Also speaking will be Sen. Blake Doriot (R-Dist. 12), who co-authored a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb requiring the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to ask all license applicants and those seeking a license renewal if they wish to become an organ donor.
Newman will greet race fans and outdoor enthusiasts and sign autographs from 10:30 am-noon at the store, located at 13725 Cabela Parkway in Noblesville. Through 2 pm, there will be family-friendly games and activities hosted by Donate Life Indiana, Cabela’s and the DNR, plus a variety of giveaways.
“We look forward to celebrating the hundreds of hunters and anglers who said yes to organ donation when they received their licenses last year and the commitment by Cabela’s to help grow that number through special store and community initiatives,” said Tim Clauson, president of the board of directors of Donate Life Indiana, the organization responsible for managing the state’s donor registry and raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.
The event is a perfect fit for the location, as Gov. Holcomb’s passage of Senate Enrolled Act 288 in 2020 allowed the DNR to begin asking hunters, anglers and trappers to sign up as organ donors when buying their licenses. Through a two-week, in-store awareness campaign that started April 1, Cabela’s has encouraged customers to consider signing up to become an organ donor.
Currently, more than 106,000 Americans are waiting on a lifesaving organ transplant, including nearly 1,100 Hoosiers. More than 4.2 million Hoosiers are registered organ donors.
Despite age or medical history, anyone can sign up to be a donor online at Donate Life Indiana.
About National Donate Life Month
National Donate Life Month raises awareness about donation, encourages Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and honors those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. This year’s theme is “Bee a Donor,” inspired by the vital role that bees play in sustaining life. Bees are a small but powerful life force, working together with dedication, collaboration and a strong sense of community.
This National Donate Life Month, Americans are asked to become a part of this interconnected life-sustaining community by registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor; becoming educated about living donation; and championing the Donate Life cause.
Important National Donate Life Month dates: April 6, Donate Life Living Donor Day; April 16-23, Blue & Green Spirit Week; April 22, National Donate Life Month Blue & Green Day; and April 24-30, National Pediatric Transplant Week. For more, visit Donate Life America online.
About Donate Life Indiana
Since 1998, Donate Life Indiana has been the state-authorized nonprofit organization responsible for managing the Indiana donor registry. Its mission is to save lives by creating opportunities for all Indiana citizens to sign up on the organization’s official state registry while striving to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education. For more, visit Donate Life Indiana online.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”