TAMPA – (August 1, 2021) – Throughout the month of August, LifeLink will celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM), known in some areas as National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month, to bring heightened awareness to organ and tissue donation and transplantation in minority communities.
Currently racial and ethnic minorities make up 60% of the over 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Minorities often experience higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease which can contribute to organ failure, especially kidney failure. African Americans are three times more likely than Caucasian Americans to suffer from kidney failure and Hispanic Americans are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to have kidney failure.
During NMDAM, LifeLink will highlight the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities, provide donation education, encourage donor registration, and promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation. Individuals interested in celebrating this month are encouraged to follow LifeLink social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to participate in the education programs offered.
For the thousands of Americans listed for a lifesaving transplant, organ donation offers hope for a longer life. Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history. One donor could save eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives up to 75 people through tissue donation.
How to Celebrate NMDAM:
- Give hope and save lives by registering your donation decision on your local state organ, eye and tissue donor registry or when renewing or obtaining a driver license.
- Share your donation decision with family and friends.
- Learn more about donation and healthy living with LifeLink during the month of August
August 10th – Cooking for Your Health Class
Facebook Event at 12PM to 1PM
Join LifeLink and Clinical Dietitian, Sara Sawicki MS, RD, LD as we share nutritional tips on how both pre and post-transplant patients can enjoy a healthy and tasty meal during this cooking demonstration.
August 17th – Be Your Own Best Kidney Champion
Facebook Event at 10AM to 11AM
Join us as we hear from Dr. Tamorie Smith, Nephrologist, with Renal Associates, LLC, as she shares how we can be our own best kidney advocates. Dr. Smith earned her Doctor of Medicine and completed her Nephrology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is actively involved and committed to quality nephrology care.
August 23th – Advocate for Change in Your Community
Facebook Event at 1PM to 2PM
Fredando Jackson, also known as Farmer Fredo is the Executive Director at Flint River Fresh. Listen in as he talks about the work he is doing to change the lives of those in Sumter and Doughtery counties by providing access to healthy foods. If you are not familiar with food deserts, community gardens or if you have been looking for a way to be a change agent in your community you don’t want to miss this interview.
August 24th – LIVE Zumba Class
Facebook Event at 6PM to 7PM
Jenifer Joy is a dynamic instructor who has been making fitness, fun and fabulous for over 5 years! Holding multiple certifications in a variety of formats to include Zumba, Aqua Zumba, and POUND to name a few, Jenifer has developed programs for all ages, levels, and sizes! Jenifer’s upbeat attitude and easy-to-follow verbal and non-verbal "cues" create an environment that makes the participant want to move.
NMDAM is a collaborative initiative of Donate Life America (DLA), Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation.