FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A group of Fort Wayne residents waiting for an organ transplant will get a boost in visibility thanks to a special Indy 500 Racecar.
Paul Pennell, Teri Lindzy, Henry Whitacre and Terri Babcock will all be featured on driver Stefan Wilson’s #25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Autosport Honda at this year’s race. Their names are inscribed on the car to help raise awareness for organ donation. The names of 21 other men, women and children are also on the car.
Wilson launched the Driven2SaveLives campaign in April 2016 after the lost of his brother, fellow IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who was a registered organ donor himself.
Henry Whitacre, who is just three years old, has undergone nearly 30 surgeries and will receive his kidney transplant in July. His parents told Indiana Donor Network that the transplant surgery is scheduled to take place on Henry’s birthday.
Teri Lindzy told Indiana Donor Network, “On my husband and I’s first date in 1982, he took me to the Indy 500 time trials. We have been going ever since and have been an Indy 500 ticket holder since 1989.”
She and her husband have been invited to walk the red carpet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to Sunday’s race.