National Minority Donor Awareness Week Comes to a Close  |  August 8, 2013

National Minority Donor Awareness Week, observed August 1st through 7th, was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 17th year, this special observance honored 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.

Although organ are not matched according to race/ethnicity, and people of different races frequently match one another, all individuals waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance of receiving one if there are large numbers of donors from their racial/ethnic background. This is because compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor/recipient matching—are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity. A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone.

Watch Sharing Hope and Life, an important message about organ donation for minority communities, or check out this article featuring Donate Life Texas’ approach to celebrating minority donors.

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