Registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor means you may someday save the life of someone in need. When people don’t register, the chances someone dies because an organ is not available increases greatly. That person could be your aunt, cousin, brother or grandma.
58% of those waiting on the national transplant list are from communities of color. Communities of color are more prone to developing chronic illnesses, like diabetes, which lead to a greater need for transplant. Additionally, those waiting can wait as much as four times longer than other populations. This is, in part, because people from minority communities are less likely to register to become organ, eye and tissue donors. Registered donors from multicultural communities are more likely to match a waiting person of color and transplant between share ethnicity groups are more likely to be successful.
The need for transplants greatly outweighs the availability of viable donations in multicultural communities. Myths and misconceptions stemming from shared historical experiences have prevented people from registering to become donors. Knowing the facts about donation can help you make an informed decision and save lives by taking action and becoming a registered donor.
That is why it is so important that everyone go to Lifebanc.org/MoreLife and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.