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Please fill out the form to register as an organ and tissue donor. By registering as a donor you consent to donate your organs and tissues at the time of your death. Organs and tissues will be recovered for the purpose of transplantation, however, in the event a donated organ or tissue cannot be used for transplant, an effort will be made to use the donation for research.
In communities of color, the need for organ donors is great. Multiethnic groups, including Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islanders and American Indians, are more likely to need a lifesaving organ transplant. In Mississippi, more than 90% of individuals in need of a kidney transplant are Black/African American. Certain diseases that can lead to organ failure, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are more prevalent in ethnically diverse communities.
Although it’s not necessary for someone awaiting an organ transplant to match with a donor based on race or ethnicity, transplant matches within ethnic groups can be more successful. This is because compatible blood types and other markers are more likely found in members of the same ethnicity. Nearly 60% of the National Transplant Waiting List is made up of people of color, so it is vital that more members of these multiethnic communities add their names to the donor registry.
We need your help to spread a positive message in communities of color by dispelling common myths and sharing facts about donation.
Below are some interesting statistics from Donate Life America.
Recipients in 2021
Donors in 2021
To learn more facts about multicultural donation statistics, click here.
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