Bryan Clauson’s Decision To Be An Organ Donor Saved Five Lives

Bryan Clauson’s Decision To Be An Organ Donor Saved Five Lives

by August 10, 2016 0 comments

In a statement posted on Facebook, Bryan Clauson’s family revealed on Wednesday that the racer saved five lives by being an organ donor.

The 27-year old Hoosier passed away on Sunday from injuries sustained in the 39th running of the Belleville Midget Nationals that was ran at Belleville High Banks Speedway Fairgrounds, Saturday night.

Clauson’s midget car got airborne and bounced into the racing groove, where he was then struck by another racer, who had nowhere to go. He was airlifted to the Bryan Medical Center West, located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Being an organ donor, Clauson was able to save five lives after he passed away. The Nebraska Organ Recovery team handled the process.

Clauson was a very successful dirt racer, who accumulated nine championships and 112 career wins in U.S. Auto Club (USAC) Racing. He also had 26 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, three starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series and six starts in the ARCA Racing Series.

Below is the full statement that the family posted on the Bryan Clauson Racing Facebook page:


We would all like to thank you for all of your prayers and concerns over the last few days. It provided strength and comfort during a very difficult time for us.

Nothing prepares you for these moments. We have all watched from afar as other families have had to face their own tragedies or been there to support our family and friends as they have spent their own time in the hospital. However, nothing makes you ready to say goodbye. You take each moment as it comes and we could not have made it to this point with out all of you.

One of the gifts that Bryan gave us while we sat next to him praying for some good news, was the moment we found out that he was an organ donor. It shouldn’t have surprised us. All of us have felt Bryan’s generosity throughout his life. The gift of life is the most amazing gesture and Bryan will live on not only through us and all the people he touched along the way, but from the lucky individuals that will benefit from Bryan making a decision to be a donor.

It was not lost on our family as we sat huddled around him, holding his hands, comforting him and each other, saying our last goodbye that five families were also sitting in a hospital room somewhere, comforting their loved one and each other while praying for a miracle that Bryan ultimately delivered for them. We are so proud of our Bryan for making this decision.

The Nebraska Organ Recovery team made the entire process very comforting. Their compassion, love, and respect when treating Bryan did not go unnoticed. We want to acknowledge every member of the Nebraska Organ Recovery team. Thank you for loving our Bryan.

If you are a donor, thank you. If you are not, please consider for a moment becoming one. We have seen first hand how amazing it feels on both sides of the coin. It is the greatest gift that one person can give another. We promise.

Again, thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and friendship. We look forward to seeing you at the races.

Lauren, Tim, Di, Taylor



Photo Credit: Harrelson Photography

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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