Improving lives through organ eye and tissue donation

Minority Donation

Minority Donation

African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are far more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes than other groups and are especially in need of kidney transplants. Across the United States, minorities comprise more than half of the national waiting list for an organ transplant.

Donated organs are routinely transplanted across racial and ethnic groups. When minorities register to donate, it increases the likelihood that matches can be found for minority patients.

The statistics are startling. To learn how many people are on the waiting list by ethnicity and other demographic information, visit the data section of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) website.

Prevention is Key

Everyone at risk for diseases that lead to organ failure is encouraged to take the following actions:

  • Take your medications as prescribed
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Get regular screenings as directed by a physician
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
  • Limit fast food, fried foods and those with saturated fats
  • Register to donate in North Carolina through our website or nationwide at www.registerme.org.

LifeShare has materials tailored to the African-American and Hispanic communities. If you’d like to obtain materials, please contact us.

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