Indy 500 Organ Donor Campaign Helps Grieving Families

WFYI  |  Jill Sheridan
Dario Franchitti, Taylor McLean, Tim Clauson and Scott Dixon at an autograph event for Driven2SaveLives. Photo: Jill Sheridan/IPB
Organ donation has become a mission for racing families during this year’s Indianapolis 500 with a goal of increasing the number of registered donors – and through the process comes healing and hope.
A Little Sister

Taylor McLean was close to her brother Bryan Clauson. He was an organ donor.

“Bryan was the best big brother, the most amazing person and to be able to honor him still even though he’s not here it’s been a dream come true, honestly,” says McLean. “It’s helped me grieve in ways I didn’t know were possible and get through some of the darkest days of my life.”

McLean helped out at an Indiana Donor Network autograph session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this month. Fans had to show proof that they are registered donors to get autographs from a few IndyCar drivers including Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.

In Indiana, 74 percent of licensed drivers are registered donors. This is the second year for the Driven2SaveLives campaign and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially signed on as a partner earlier this month.

Family members of former racecar drivers, like Taylor McLean, are leading the push to increase the number of organ and tissue donors during this year’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500
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