August 09, 2019
Unyts celebrated National Minority Donor Awareness Week this August 1-7, 2019, and this year the key focus was on living donation in minority communities. Why? Because living donation rates have decrease by 3-5% among African Americans and Latinx communities.
The goal is to not only spread the word on living donation, but also promote a positive message that is needed for minority communities to become organ, eye, and tissue donors. A major obstacle in transplantation has always been - the shortage of donors.
The waiting list currently has 113,000 people waiting for a transplant, and more than 60% of that list is represented by minority community members.
Did you know that as a living donor, a person can donate one of their healthy kidneys and also part of their liver? Living donors can be family members, friends, and sometimes even strangers that volunteer to donate altruistically.
To learn more about living donation at ECMC, please click here.
Thank you to the Assosication for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation for these amazing graphics! #NMDAW
Do you want to share your story? If you are from a multicultural background and want to share your organ donation/organ transplant story, click here.