According to The Office of Minority Health, African Americans make up the largest group of minorities on the organ transfer waiting list.* Coupled with a critical shortage of transplantable organs and tissues, the need for African American donors is essential to the survival of those waiting for a transplant.
African American donor recipients are also less likely to reject an organ from an African American donor. We encourage you take the following steps in becoming an organ donor:
Talk to your family about your donation decision. It is important to make your family aware of your wishes before a crisis occurs. Having this conversation will also equip your family to serve as your advocate for donation.
Register with your state donor registry.
Designate your decision on your driver's license when you obtain or renew your license.
Sign a donor card and carry it with you until you register with your state donor registry or designate your decision on your driver's license.
*Source: Office of Minority Health. Organ Donation and African Americans. August 3, 2010