LAS VEGAS — August marked the start of National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM) and in honor of that, Nevada Donor Network (NDN) continues its effort to educate Nevadans about the importance of having diverse donor registrations in the state.
On Aug. 4, 2020, the Clark County Commission proclaimed National Minority Donor Awareness Month a county-wide observance. The proclamation recognizes the significance of multicultural donor registrations and honors heroic donors and their courageous families for continually inspiring others to register. NDN’s President and CEO Joseph Ferreira accepted the proclamation on behalf of the organization.
“Hispanic, African American and Asian communities often suffer disproportionately from conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, which increase the risk of organ failure,” said Ferreira. “In some cases, ethnicity or race of a donor can make a difference when matching donated organs or tissues to an individual in desperate need of a transplant and that is why it is so incredibly important to educate our communities about this issue and encourage more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.”
Critical factors in donor/recipient matching, such as blood types and tissue markers, are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity; for this reason, it is urgently important for multicultural communities to be aware of the shortages of suitable donated organs. NDN looks to encourage registrations among diverse communities to become heroic organ, eye and tissue donors.
With over 110,000 people across the U.S., including 650 Nevadans currently waiting for life-saving transplants on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List, more than half of whom are from minority populations, the need remains vital for multicultural donor heroes to say ‘yes’ to the gift of life.
For more information about NDN or to register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit www.nvdonor.org/diverstiy.
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 58 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 110,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org/