NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY

NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY

As part of National Minority Donor Awareness Week, National Minority Donor Awareness Day is celebrated on August 1.

Created to increase awareness of the need, especially among minorities, for more organ, eye and tissue donors.  Because this is a time to honor minorities who have donated and to encourage others to register as donors.  However, people are also encouraged to practice good health habits. In order to take better care of themselves in an attempt to reduce the number needing transplants.

Facilities take into consideration several factors when matching donors to recipients. Blood type is the most critical component. Ethnic similarities often have similar blood types increasing success rates when paired between members of the same ethnic/racial group. It’s necessary to know organ donation isn’t based on race or ethnicity. Anyone can donate because all organs can save a life.

For more information, see: http://organdonor.gov/awarenessweek/awarenessweek.html

HOW TO OBSERVE

Post on social media using #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay.

HISTORY

The origins of National Minority Donor Awareness Day are linked to the week observation for the same cause.

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