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National Minority Donor Awareness Week

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George Rivera
Tucson, AZ

George Rivera promotes organ donation in his customized ’67 Chevy Impala named Second Life.

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Clive O. Callender, MD
Washington, DC

“When we started this effort, we were told that minorities don’t donate organs—we’ve proven that wrong.”

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May Chen
Harlingen, TX

World champion martial arts competitor May Chen continues her winning ways with an allograft transplant.

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week, August 1-7

Observed annually, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 18th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.

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The National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) External Web Site Policy was founded to educate and empower minority communities. The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) External Web Site Policy supports partners in the transplant field as they save and heal lives in diverse communities.

In 2014:
  • 42%of all those receiving transplants were minorities
  • 70%of minority transplant recipients received kidneys
  • 32%of all deceased donors were minorities
Waiting List Candidates by Ethnicity*

*Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). Data as of May 6, 2015.

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