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home : columnists : columnists August 22, 2017

3/29/2017 4:00:00 AM
Dog trot continues in Clauson honor
Photo providedNoblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson with his dogs, Chevy and Stewart.
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Noblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson with his dogs, Chevy and Stewart.

By Betsy Reason

Noblesville's Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson loved his dogs, Chevy and Stewart. So it's natural that his mom, Diana Clauson, wants to carry on his memory by using the third annual Noblesville dog trot to bring awareness to organ and tissue donations.

Bryan Clauson, a registered organ donor, donated his organs and saved five lives and enhanced the lives of more than 75 people through tissue donation, following a deadly crash at Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas in August 2016.

Inspired by the 27-year-old's generosity, his family decided to continue his Chasing 200 Tour - which started in 2016, as a goal to run a schedule of 200 races - to register 200 donors in Bryan's honor. Then on the day of his memorial, more than 750 donors had signed up, so the family decided to increase the goal to 2,000. As of Tuesday, more than 6,000 have registered as donors in Bryan's name.

Bryan's dogs, Chevy and Stewart Clauson, will be the ambassadors of the walk, "Strut 2 Save Lives," set for April 30 at Noblesville's Forest Park. The dogs will be available for photos and "PAWtographs."

The dog trot started in 2015 as a fundraising project of the Support Kelly Treinen Woman of the Year campaign to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in honor of her son, the late Michael Treinen, a classmate of Bryan Clauson. About 75 dogs participated the first year, and about 100 the second year, raising about $20,000 to $25,000 at each event.

"I wanted to do the Dog Trot this year because Bryan was really passionate about his dogs," said Diana Clauson, who sat down with me earlier this month at Noble Coffee & Tea in Noblesville.

This year's fundraiser will benefit the Indiana Donor Network in honor of Bryan Clauson's lifesaving decision of organ donation. The benefit will bring awareness through Driven2SaveLives, a racing campaign that is expanding into dirt-track racing around the United States with hopes of registering fans to become donors in honor of Bryan Clauson, a champion best known in dirt-track, open-wheel racing.

Dog owners are invited to bring their pet on a leash and participate in the two-mile dog trot through the park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Shelter No. 5, with the walk at 11 a.m. All registrations before April 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a spa day for owner and pup. Register online at "BC Strut 2 Save Lives" Facebook page. The goal is to raise $50,000.

About 200 dogs are expected to attend the walk. Each canine will receive a bandana with logo, handmade by seamstress friend, Jane Snyder, the mother of Bryan Clauson's best friend.

Sponsorships, ranging from $250 to $10,000, are still available by emailing timothyclauson@comcast.net, by April 1.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. Read more about the fundraiser, the dogs, and life after Bryan Clauson in upcoming columns.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Article comment by: Vicki James

It's Dog STRUT!!
Oh my goodness, you make it sound like someone's dog has the trots!

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