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African Americans and Organ Donation

Alonzo Mourning, NBA All-Star, talks about organ donation video.
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Emeryville, CA

After receiving a liver, little Khalieghya could run, dance, sing, and play just like the other kids.

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Officer Johnny Brown
Inglewood, CA

Staying true to Johnny’s generous spirit, his mother chose to donate his corneas and tissue.

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Sabrina Smith
Atoka, TN

“I can’t tell you how wonderful my life has become. An organ donor truly saves lives and gives hope.”

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African Americans are the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant.

African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than Caucasians, increasing the risk of organ failure. African Americans make up 13% of the population, 34% of those waiting for a kidney, and 25% of those waiting for a heart.

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> Learn why minority donors are needed

Health Issues that Affect African Americans

Learn about the health conditions that especially affect African Americans External Web Site Policy. Take better care of your health to help prevent the need for transplantation.

In 2014:
  • 20%of all transplant recipients were African American
  • 73%of African American transplant recipients received kidneys
  • 16%of all deceased donors were African American


Waiting List Candidates by Ethnicity*

African Americans and organ donation waiting list candidates by ethnicity pie chart.

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

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