Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Racers, fans remember Urbana 5, continue organ donor awareness efforts

The Urbana 5/Iowa Donor Network brought many to the Benton County Speedway on Sunday. 

VINTON TODAY | Dean Close

After seeing 100 or so race fans sign up for the Iowa Donor Registry at last year’s Urbana 5/Iowa Donor Network race night, Tia Tuttle was curious about how many more people would sign up at this year’s event, held Sunday at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

But it turns out that last year’s event and the ongoing efforts to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation have been so successful that only one previous non-donor signed up on Sunday.

“Benton County and the crowd is roughly 90% registered donors, especially due to the high response at last year’s event,” said Vinton native Jess Ender, who has been working with the Iowa Donor Network for several years. “We did raise $340 to give to IDN and many took information on how to register online. It was a great night to get everyone to continue to think and talk about their decision to be an organ and tissue donor.” Continue reading
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