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Minority Organ Donor Awareness Month

Resources for promoting organ and tissue donation in diverse communities.

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Contact Information

Tonnie Boston

Community Outreach Manager
Email 414-937-6648

August is Minority Donor Awareness Month.


National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative to save and improve the quality of life in diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Month stems from National Minority Donor Awareness Week, founded in 1996 by MOTTEP.

Help us encourage donor registration and promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

Share the FACTS

  • African Americans are the largest diverse race in need of organ transplants -- 32,000 to be exact. Contributing fators are high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, which increase the risk of organ failure.
  • 60% of patients on the organ transpant wait list come from multiethnic communities.
  • More than 114,000 men, women and children are waiting for organ transplants.
  • One person is added to the organ transplant wait list every 10 minutes.
  • In 2019, more than 8,000 African Americans and more than 6,000 Hispanics received a life-saving organ transplant.
  • More than 80% of patients on the waiting list need a kidney. The average wait time for a kidney is 3-5 years, unless it is from a living donor.

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