Organ donation is critical to the minority community. Minorities make up about 20 percent of the population, but represent 54 percent of those waiting for organ transplants.
Minorities and African-Americans in particular are disproportionately affected by diseases that can often lead to organ failure like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Though minorities do donate, it’s not enough to meet the urgent need. Many may be reluctant to register as donors because of:
- Religious beliefs
- Mistrust of the medical community
- Lack of awareness
- Fear of premature death
It’s important to remember that organs and tissues can be transplanted between races and genders. You can give hope to thousands of men, women and children from all cultures who are waiting for a life-changing organ, eye or tissue transplant by simply joining the Ohio Donor Registry today.