People of all ages, races, and ethnicities can save and enhance lives by donating their organs, eyes and tissues. Organ and tissue transplants are needed by people from every area of our nation.
Most of the conditions that can result in organ failure are best treated through transplantation.
People of most races and ethnicities in the U.S. donate in proportion to their representation in the population. The need for transplant in some groups, however, is disproportionately high, frequently due to a high incidence of conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, both of which can lead to the need for a kidney transplant.
Although organs are not matched according to race/ethnicity, and people of different races frequently match one another, all individuals waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance of receiving one if there are large numbers of donors from their racial/ethnic background. This is because compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor/recipient matching—are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity. A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone.
Why Minority Donors Are Needed
Did you know in 2016 in New Jersey:
•317 minority patients received organ transplants while there were 81 minority donors.
•178 African Americans received organ transplants while there were 33 African American donors.
•103 Hispanics received organ transplants while there were 36 Hispanic donors.
•35 Asians received organ transplants while there were 12 Asian donors.
Learn about National Minority Donor Awareness Week celebrated annually in August.
Patti Jackson, mother of organ donor Zoe, honors the gift of life her daughter gave to other children.
When Joe DiSanto, a heart transplant recipient from Hillsborough, NJ was 18-years-old he met the mother of his donor, Guiliana Crousillat at NJ Sharing Network.