Pledge to Donate Life on National Minority Donor Awareness Day

Approximately 56% of individuals on the national organ transplant list are minorities. Right now, 64,000 minority patients are waiting for life-saving transplants, and thousands more require life-enhancing tissue, bone and corneal transplants.

According to Donate Life America, although an organ transplant candidate may receive a match from someone of another racial or ethnic group, “transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.” This is especially important since some diseases of the kidney and heart are more prevalent in minority populations. In fact, 62% of those in need of a kidney transplant are ethnic minorities.

On August 1, 2012, the donation community honored transplant recipients and their donor families as well as inspired people from all racial and ethnic groups to register as donors during the 16th annual National Minority Donor Awareness Day. By pledging to donate through Donate Life Missouri, Kansas or Illinois, you tell the world you want to help save the lives of those in need.

For more information on multicultural perspectives regarding donation, please visit the Donate Life America website.

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