African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities comprise more than half of those patients awaiting lifesaving organ transplants in the United States. That's because there is a greater prevalence of some illnesses, including kidney disease, within these communities.
For instance, African Americans and Hispanics are three times more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease.
Although donors and recipients do not have to share the same ethnicity, transplant success increases when organs are matched between donors and recipients of the same ethnic background.
Unfortunately, the lack of organs donated from multicultural populations can contribute to longer waiting periods for patients in need of transplants. Many patients do not receive a transplant in time.
Education is key to understanding donation and donor designation.
That is why TransLife utilizes the Done Vida and Race for Life initiatives, establishing relationships and forming partnerships with organizations throughout the community. An advisory group of leaders within our multicultural communities link TransLife to key events and activities in Central Florida.
Both programs incorporate brochures, public service announcements, posters and other materials tailored to each unique population. Materials are provided by Donate Life America as part of their national campaigns to increase education and donor designation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Public Relations or call 800-44DONOR.