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ARTICLE Why Should I Donate Organs?

Why Should I Donate My Organs?

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