Sept. 15-Oct. 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month  |  October 5, 2010

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents with Hispanic roots. It is also used as an opportunity to celebrate and honor the gifts of life made by Hispanics through organ, eye and tissue donation and to encourage Hispanics to commit to donation.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the number of organ transplants performed on Hispanic Americans in 2009 was about one fifth, or 20%, of the number of Hispanic Americans currently waiting for a transplant. The number of transplants performed on white Americans was 36% of the number currently waiting. Additionally, while 18% of the total candidates currently waiting for transplants are Hispanic American, they comprised just 13.9% of organ donors in 2009.

For more information about organ and tissue donation, and to register to become a donor, visit the Donate Life America site – in English or Spanish.

Get our newsletter