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National Minority Donor Awareness Week

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated annually August 1-7, is a nationwide observance to educate minorities of the desperate need for donation and transplantation within the multicultural community and how to register their decision to Donate Life. In New York State, minorities represent 30 percent of the population , but approximately 65 percent of those on New York's transplant waiting list are minorities. While people of all ages and ethnicities can save and enhance lives through donation, organs are matched to recipients by a variety of factors—such as blood and tissue type—which can vary by race and ethnicity. While skin color is not a barrier when it comes to organ donations and transplants, the odds of a transplant being successful are much greater when a minority recipient receives an organ from a minority donor.

People of most races and ethnicities in the U.S. donate in proportion to their representation in the population. The need for transplant in some groups, however, is disproportionately high, frequently due to a high incidence of conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, both of which can lead to the need for a kidney transplant.

For example, African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos are three times more likely than Caucasians to suffer from end-stage renal (kidney) disease, often as the result of high blood pressure and other conditions that can damage the kidneys. Nearly 40 percent of the 8,280 people on New York's waiting list for a kidney transplant are African American.

New York State Statistics and Facts:
  • In New York State, 9,859 people are waiting for organ transplants. About 6,400 or approximately 65% of those waiting are minorities.
  • 6,392 minority patients are currently registered on New York State's transplant waiting list - 3,467 African Americans, 1,874 Hispanics, 1,008 Asians and 78 Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and individuals of multiracial descent. That represents 65 percent of the 9,859 individuals waiting.
  • In New York State in 2015, 1,048 minority patients received organ transplants; while there were 360 minority organ donors.
  • Minorities make up 30% of the New York State population and comprise 65% of individuals on New York's transplant waiting list. 
  • Minorities represent 39% of living and deceased organ donors in New York State in 2014.
     
African Americans Statistics and Facts:
  • Of the 3,441 African Americans on NY's transplant waiting list, 93% are waiting for a kidney.
  • 477 African Americans received transplants in New York State in 2015, comprising 25% of all transplants performed in the state.
  • There were 137 African American organ donors in New York State in 2015, comprising 15% of all donors in the state.
  • African Americans make up the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant. 
  • African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than Caucasians, conditions which put people at risk for organ failure.
     
Hispanic/Latino Statistics and Facts:
  • Of the 1,874 Hispanics/Latinos on NY's transplant waiting list, over 82% are waiting for a kidney.
  • 400 Hispanics/Latinos received transplants in New York State in 2015, comprising 21% of all transplants performed in the state.
  • There were 181 Hispanic/Latino organ donors in New York State in 2014, comprising 18% of all donors in the state.
  • Hispanics/Latinos have high rates of diabetes and heart disease. 
  • Mexican Americans in particular suffer disproportionately from obesity, which contributes to diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. These conditions put people at risk for organ failure.
     
Asian Statistics and Facts:
  • Of the 1,008 Asians on NY's transplant waiting list, 87% are waiting for a kidney.
  • 151 Asians received transplants in New York State in 2015, comprising 8% of all transplants performed in the state.
  • There were 48 Asian organ donors in New York State in 2015, comprising 5% of all donors in the state.
  • Asian Americans are twice as likely to develop kidney failure as Caucasian Americans. 
  • Asians also suffer significantly from liver disease and hepatitis, conditions known to put patients at risk for organ failure.
     
American Indian and Alaska Native Statistics and Facts:
  • Of the 23 American Indian and Alaska Natives on NY's transplant waiting list, 91% are waiting for a kidney.
  • 5 American Indians/Alaska Natives received transplants in New York State in 2015, comprising less than 1% of all transplants performed in the state.
  • There was 1 American Indian/Alaska Native organ donor in New York State in 2015, comprising less than 1% of all donors in the state.
  • Native Americans have the highest rate of diabetes in the world and one of the highest rates of end stage renal disease (ESRD).
     
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Statistics and Facts:
  • All but 1 of the 6 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders on NY's transplant list are waiting for a kidney. The other is waiting for a liver.
  • There were 2 transplants received by American Indians/Alaska Natives in New York State in 2015.
  • There were no Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander organ donors in New York State in 2015.
  • Native Hawaiians are nearly six times as likely as Caucasians living in Hawaii to die from diabetes. 
  • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are also seven times more likely than Caucasians to be diagnosed with chronic liver disease which puts patients at risk for organ failure. 
  • Pacific Islanders are five times more likely than Caucasians to be on the organ transplant waiting list.

 

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All Minority Groups:

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Facebook Posts:
  • Did you know minorities make up 65% of those currently on the organ donation waiting list in New York? This week is National Minority Donor Awareness Week! Help us spread awareness and increase organ donation by sharing the information we post throughout the week with your friends!
 
African American Groups:
 
Twitter Posts:
  • 93% of African Americans on the NY waitlist need kidneys #NMDAW
  • African Americans are 3x more likely than Caucasians to suffer from kidney disease. #NMDAW
  • African Americans represent 35% of the NY transplant waitlist & 15% of donors. Let's change that. #NMDAW
  • NBA star/ kidney recipient Alonzo Mourning knows about the importance of organ donation. http://youtu.be/j0jwhG2F_oI #NMDAW
  • Former NFL player Chris Henry's real legacy has nothing to do with football: http://youtu.be/_hynrMuIkBY #NMDAW
  • If Aisha O'Mally's story can't convince you to register as a donor, we don't know what will. http://bit.ly/1rGhttJ #NMDAW
 
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Asian American Groups:
 
Twitter Posts:
  • Many New Yorkers have similar stories to the Stenzel twins... http://youtu.be/fC-UdptaLL  #NMDAW
  • 11% of New Yorkers on the liver transplant waitlist are Asian American #NMDAW
  • 87% of Asian Americans on the transplant wait list in NY need kidneys #NMDAW
  • Asian Americans represent 10% of the NY organ transplant waitlist and only 3% of organ donors in 2014 #NMDAW
 
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Latino Groups:

Twitter Posts:
  • Julio Garcia saved the lives of 7 people through organ donation. http://youtu.be/WZ9MnzPRX2s #NMDAW
  • Hispanics are 2x as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes, a cause of kidney failure. #NMDAW
  • Hispanics/ Latinos represent 19% of the NY organ transplant waitlist #NMDAW
  • 82% of Hispanics/Latinos on the transplant wait list in NY need kidneys #NMDAW
  • Hispanics/ Latinos represented 18% of organ donors in NY during 2014 #NMDAW
 
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