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National Minority Donor Awareness Day

National Minority Donor Awareness Day is celebrated August 1 as a time to educate individuals on the need for minority donors and the facts surrounding organ, blood and tissue donation. The day is also used to promote healthy living and disease prevention in order to decrease the need for transplants. Of the more than118,000 people on the transplant waiting list, a little more than half, or 56 percent, are minorities. African Americans make up the biggest portion of minorities on the waiting list at 29 percent, followed by Hispanics, Asians, American Indians and Pacific Islanders. Most often people on the waiting list are awaiting kidney transplants. Minorities make up 36 percent of the United States population and 27 percent of deceased donors in 2013. It’s important to know that there are often opportunities to improve another person's life and be a living donor and donate organs, blood, bone marrow or tissue while living.

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