National Minority Donor Awareness Week

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Observed annually from August 1st – 7th, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 18th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.

Minorities make up more than half of those currently on the organ donation waiting lists.

In 2014:
  • 42%of all those receiving transplants were minorities
  • 70%of minority transplant recipients received kidneys
  • 32%of all deceased donors were minorities

CLICK HERE to watch an important message about organ donation for minority communities from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Facebook Cover_NMDAW