National Minority Donor Awareness Week August 1-7

National Minority Donor Awareness Week is a nationwide observance to honor the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also emphasizing the critical need for people from diverse communities to register their decision to donate life as organ, eye and tissue donors.


  • Minorities make up 36 percent of the U.S. population and comprise 57 percent of individuals currently on the U.S. transplant waiting list.
  • African-Americans are four times more likely than Caucasians to be on dialysis because of kidney failure, which must often be treated by kidney transplantation.
  • Diabetes, a leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S., is estimated to be four to six times more common in Latinos/Hispanic-Americans.
  • 18 percent of all patients awaiting organ transplants in the U.S. are of Latino heritage.

In North Carolina:

  • African-Americans make up 21.4 percent of North Carolina’s overall population, but represent nearly 51 percent of North Carolinians waiting for an organ transplant.
  • Of the more than 1,600 African-Americans waiting for transplants in North Carolina, 95 percent are waiting for a kidney transplant.
  • The majority of Latino patients are waiting for kidney transplants. Here in North Carolina, 85 percent of Latinos waiting need a kidney transplant.

Did you know?

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history. A single donor can save or heal the lives of more than 50 people.
  • Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.
  • There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate.
  • An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors.

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