- Nearly 60% of the more than 100,000 men, women and children waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. are from minority communities.
- In Illinois, nearly 4,000 people are waiting—and more than 60% are people of color.
- Transplants can be successful regardless of the race or ethnicity of the donor and recipient. But chances of longer-term survival may increase if a donor and recipient share a similar genetic background. In some medical instances, organs from donors of the same race or ethnic heritage can decrease the possibility of organ rejections and improve transplant success rates.
National Minority Donor Awareness Month
August 2021 marks the nation’s 25th National Minority Donor Awareness Month observance. It's as critical as ever to call attention to the importance of minority organ, eye and tissue donors.
Minority donors make a powerful, lasting impact on the health of their communities.
Gift of Hope is proud to partner with Donate Life America, the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and our Illinois and northwest Indiana communities, hospitals, volunteers and partners during National Minority Donor Awareness Month 2021: One Voice, One Vision… to Save and Heal Lives.
We encourage you to join us in celebrating National Minority Donor Awareness Month by sharing the below resources with your community.