Saturday is a special day for Jordan Shaw of Omaha. For the first time, the 25-year-old gets to meet the Iowa family who helped keep him alive with a new kidney.
"It almost takes your breath away," said Shaw as he prepared to leave for the Newton Speedway.
This isn't necessarily new territory for him. In 2003, when Jordan was in high school, his childhood cancer had taken its toll and he needed a new kidney. A stranger from Kansas, Tom Falsey, decided to give one of his kidneys to Jordan. They hadn't met until that day at the Nebraska Medical Center.
"He said in my letter that I kept referring to the kidney as your kidney is going great. And he told me, "That is your kidney now. You can keep it.'"
The kidney made it eight years, which brings us to this weekend. Another chance meeting. "Joey Gace. He runs the number 39, green, NASCAR for the Nationwide series." Last year, Gace had to make a decision regarding his mother who had a brain aneurysm. Shaw received one of her kidneys.
"What a big decision to make for an 18-year-old at the time. Let my mother go. I wouldn't put myself in his shoes," said Shaw.
In a way it takes him back to that day nine years ago.
Reporter: "You're feeling like your best now?"
Shaw: "I'm back. I'm back. I've started kayaking again, biking again this year. Just getting back out to where I enjoy the outdoors because there was a time when i was on dialysis, stayed inside. I felt crummy and didn't want to see anybody."
On Saturday, Shaw will finally meet Gace. "If they let me get behind the wheel of a NASCAR I'd be all right with that." Shaw does whatever he can to get people to become organ donors, so they don't have to die while waiting.