Inspired by His Mother’s Heart Transplant, Kenton Koch of JDC Motorsports partners with Donate Life America to Increase the Number of Registered Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors
RICHMOND, VA – MARCH 18, 2015 – Donate Life America (DLA) and Kenton Koch of JDC Motorsports are proud to announce that the two will work together to spread the inspiring message of organ, eye and tissue donation and increase the number of registered donors who save and heal lives. Koch, a twenty-year-old native of Glendora, CA kicks off the 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series this week at the Sebring National Raceway in Sebring, Florida.
Koch knows firsthand about the lifesaving power of donation and transplantation. This past January, Koch’s mother received a heart transplant after spending six months on the national transplant waiting list. “It’s amazing to think that someone else’s heart is beating within her,” said Koch. “Thanks to them and their decision to be a donor, I still have my mom here today.”
Now in his second season as a Mazda Motorsports Development driver, Koch is excited to be adding the Donate Life logo to the other sponsor names on his car in order to honor those who have given the gift of life, like his mother’s heart donor. “The generosity of those who have registered are second to none,” said Koch. “I hope that by sharing my mother’s story on and off the track, we can inspire even more people to register and help put a big dent in the national transplant waiting list.”
Nearly 124,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Those who are waiting are sisters, brothers, sons, fathers, daughters, grandparents, grandchildren, and mothers. “Knowing what it is like to have your mother on the waiting list and dealing with the uncertainty that comes with it, I don’t want others to go through that. Not everyone is as lucky as my mom,” said Koch. Sadly, on average, 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.
“With more registered donors comes more hope for those waiting,” said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “The organ shortage is a public health crisis that we know how to fix – all it requires is more signatures.” To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and to register your decision to be a donor, go to www.donatelife.net.
Click here for Kenton Koch’s official website. Koch’s 2015 schedule is as follows:
March 18-20 Sebring International Raceway
April 10-12 NOLA Motorsports Park
June 25-27 Watkins Glen International
July 9-12 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
August 7-9 Road America
August 28-29 Virginia International Raceway
Sept 30 – Oct 2 Road Atlanta
About Donate Life America
Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to saving and healing lives through increased organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America, with the help of its corporate partners, is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Our vision is a nation that embraces organ, eye and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life℠; develops and executes effective multimedia donor education programs; motivates the American public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries;
About Kenton Koch Racing
20-year old Kenton Koch has been racing for over a decade, starting out in karts at age eight. The Glendora, CA native balanced his schoolwork with racing as he moved up to racing with the Skip Barber Racing School where he won 35 races over three years. Kenton went on to win the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich with 6 wins of 12 races earning him a $200,000 scholarship provided by Mazda Motorsports. He also is representing the U.S. in the FiA Young Driver Excellence Academy in 2015. When not at the racetrack, Kenton is a full-time student at Cal State Fullerton where he is majoring in Business.
About JDC MotorSports
Involved in formula car racing since its inception in 1994, JDC MotorSports has established itself as one of the leading junior open-wheel teams in North America. Initially making its mark in the F2000 class of club racing competition, JDC MotorSports expanded into the Pro Mazda in 2005. Over the years, the Minnesota based team has remained focused on helping develop young drivers while winning numerous races and championships. In 2014, JDC MotorSports entered under JDC Miller MotorSports, a program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge class. For 2015, JDC MotorSports will again operate multicar entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series as well as the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship Powered by Mazda series. In addition the team will run again under the entry of JDC Miller MotorSports.