Donate Life ECHO focuses on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities, which are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants - especially kidneys.
- Currently, 58% of the U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of ethnically diverse patients.
- In Florida, 60% of patients waiting are from multicultural communities.
- In Georgia, 70% of patients waiting are from multicultural communities.
- Organ failure, especially kidney failure, is highly prevalent in multicultural communities in part due to a disproportionally high occurrence conditions that adversely impact organ health, like high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Successful transplantation is often enhanced by the matching of organs between members of the same ethnic and racial group.
- Organ allocation is based on multiple factors, including how sick the patient is, blood type and body size, as well as geographic proximity to the location of the donor. Fame, fortune, ethnicity and similar personal attributes never play into the determination of who receives an organ transplant.
- Lifesaving donation is supported by all major religions as a personal choice and generous act.
You can help save lives. Register as an organ, tissue and eye donor today and ECHO the importance of organ donation and transplantation to your friends and family members.
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