Race fans encouraged to register to become organ donors during practice days, Carb Day, Indianapolis 500
May 19, 2022
Indiana Donor Network, its Driven2SaveLives initiative at Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting Friday
INDIANAPOLIS – Race fans attending practice days, Carb Day and the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 are encouraged to learn more about how critically important organ and tissue donation is in saving lives and register to become organ donors.
Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives staff, advocates and volunteers will be in the Midway of Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting Friday to meet and greet race fans, discuss how organ and tissue donation saves lives and provide them the opportunity to become registered donors.
Inside the Driven2SaveLives tent, located in the Midway at the corner of 6th Street and Foyt Drive, race fans can:
- Win prizes by either showing the heart on their driver’s license – which indicates they’re a registered donor – or registering to be a donor on-site.
- Dedicate flowers to be placed in a celebratory wreath that will be given to the winner of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 dirt track race held Aug. 3-4 at IMS.
- Share their connection to donation stories and learn from organ recipients about how they received a second chance at life thanks to the selfless gift of a donor hero.
Race fans can visit the Driven2SaveLives tent on the following dates:
FRIDAY, MAY 20
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 21
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 22
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 27 (CARB DAY)
SATURDAY, MAY 28
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 29 (RACE DAY)
6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Note for media on interview opportunities
There will be multiple opportunities from Friday through race day at the Driven2SaveLifes Midway exhibit for media to interview organ donation recipients, donation advocates and staff members from Indiana Donor Network charged with educating students and communities throughout Indiana about organ donation.
Background information on Driven2SaveLives, Indiana Donor Network
Since 2016, Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network initiative, has partnered with the racing community across the U.S., including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and transplantation.
Driven2SaveLives honors the legacy of IndyCar driver Bryan Clauson who was killed in an on-track accident in 2016. Clauson was a registered organ donor and his gifts saved the lives of four people. With NASCAR great and Indiana native Ryan Newman as the face of the campaign, its goal is to engage with race fans across the country, educate them about organ and tissue donation and encourage them to register to become organ donors.
Indiana Donor Network’s mission is to save and enhance the quality of life through organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. Its vision is to be a leader in organ and tissue recovery. Founded in 1987, the organization coordinates donations in 85 of the state’s 92 counties and serves transplant hospitals throughout the U.S.
About Indiana Donor Network
The decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor is a decision to give the gift of life. Indiana Donor Network serves as the vital link between donors and patients waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, healing tissue and corneas to restore sight. The organization is a federally designated organ recovery organization and accredited tissue bank serving 85 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Its team of more than 225 dedicated professionals is committed to saving and healing lives through donation and transplantation, championing the cause through education and outreach and supporting donor families in their time of need. For more or to sign up as a donor, visit Indiana Donor Network online.
Indiana Donor Network® and the Indiana Donor Network Foundation® are federally registered trademarks.
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.
Indiana Donor Network launched Driven2SaveLives in 2016 to elevate the conversation about organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation through motorsports by honoring IndyCar organ donor heroes Justin Wilson and IndyCar and USAC driver Bryan Clauson. Both died in racing accidents and as registered organ donors were each able to save five lives. For more, visit Driven2SaveLives online.