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National Minority Donor Awareness Month

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Did you know that African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Hawaiian Natives/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaskan Natives make up 60% of all people on the national organ transplant waiting list?

Although organ transplants can be successful regardless of the race or ethnicity of the donor and recipient, there’s a greater chance of longer-term survival if the shared genetic background of the donor and recipient are closely matched. That is why we all benefit when individuals from multicultural communities sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors. In fact, nearly 40,000 people, including over 18,000 racial and ethnic minorities, received the gift of life in 2019, thanks to individuals who said “yes” to organ donation.

X It’s National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM), and we’re uniting with one voice and one vision to save and heal lives. Stemming from its initiation in 1996, as a week-long observance, NMDAM is now celebrated the entire month of August to:

  1. Highlight the need within multicultural communities;
  2. Provide donation education;
  3. Encourage donor registration; and,
  4. Promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

Join the Health Resources and Services Administration in celebrating NMDAM by registering as an organ donor. Let’s diversify the online donor registry together, and prevent conditions that can lead to organ failure by leading a healthy, active lifestyle year-round.

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Date Last Reviewed:  August 2020