Greater need for minority donors  |  September 16, 2011

This Chicago Defender article sheds light on the important issue of increasing organ and tissue donation awareness amongst minorities.

In the story, Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, an African American, shares his own story of receiving a living liver transplant from his sister. After battling diabetes for more than three decades, the transplant gave Steele a new lease on a healthier life.

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network reports that 2,017 African Americans are on the waiting list for a kidney in Illinois.  Additionally, more minorities receive organs than donate.

An important reminder to encourage all people, regardless of race, to register to be organ and tissue donors. You can do so by visiting Donate Life America.

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