National Minority Donor Awareness Week is August 1 – 7. The goal of this annual observance is to increase organ donor registrations among communities of ethnic minority, which make up more than 60 percent of the more than 113,000 people on the national waitlist for life-saving organ transplants and to honor those have been organ and tissue donors. There are more than 3,000 men, women and children on the waitlist in North Carolina.
The number one problem in transplantation has always been and still remains today - the shortage of donors. Minorities wait twice as long for transplants and they continue to have a disproportionately higher incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which lead to organ failure, especially kidney failure. Approximately 22 persons die daily awaiting a transplant due to the donor shortage, therefore, National Minority Donor Awareness Week is another important effort to promote the positive messages that are necessary for the minority community to become organ and tissue donors.
Education is so important, especially among communities of ethnic minority, where myths and misconceptions are more prevalent. For more information about myths and misconceptions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Coach William Knight of Greenville, NC was on dialysis for over three years before he received a kidney transplant in 2012. "By becoming an organ donor you give someone that second chance to live a normal life," says Coach Knight.