Donate Life Texas Looks to Increase the Number of Registered Multicultural Organ Donors During National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Houston, Texas July 24, 2014 Donate Life Texas celebrates August 1-7 as National Minority Donor Awareness Week. This nationwide observance honors the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to register their decision to Donate Life as organ, eye and tissue donors. It is a time to promote healthful living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation. People from all ethnic and cultural groups are encouraged to register as donors at www.donatelifetexas.org.

In Texas, nearly 12,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and countless others are waiting for a lifesaving tissue transplant. Of those 12,000 Texans, more than 8,000 (or 72 percent) are minority patients.
 
Across the state in 2013, there were 648 deceased organ donors; 299 were from minority backgrounds. During the same time period, there were 478 living donors and of those, 237 were minorities.
 
“Multicultural communities are disproportionately affected by illnesses, like hypertension and diabetes, which can lead to end-stage renal disease and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. This makes the need critical for more donations from people in those same communities,” said Kevin Myer of Donate Life Texas. “Registering your decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives for all people and especially those with higher needs for transplantation.”
 
Across the United States last year, 11,813 minority patients received organ transplants, while there were 2,887 minority deceased donors and 1,803 minority living donors. The wait is long, and every day, it is estimated that 18 people die because the transplant they so critically needed does not come in time.
 
In Texas, individuals can make their decision to donate electronically through the website www.donatelifetexas.org or when they renew or obtain their driver license at any Department of Public Safety office. Alternatively, they can register to be a donor when they are applying for updated vehicle tags through the Department of Motor Vehicle online portal.
 
To register as a donor or for more information, please visit www.donatelifetexas.org.
 
About Donate Life Texas

Donate Life Texas is comprised of the state's organ and tissue donation professionals. Every day, they provide comfort for families in crisis and provide lifesaving organ and tissue transplants for patients in need, thanks to individuals and families who share the gift of life. The Donate Life Texas donor registry is the nation's fastest growing and one of only two in the nation that have registered over 150,000 people in a single month. To register or for more information, visit www.donatelifetexas.org.

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