Mayor Signs Proclamation Declaring August 1-8 National Minority Donor Awareness Week
Posted July 31, 2013 in News Category
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office presented a proclamation declaring August 1-8 as National Minority Donor Awareness Week (NMDAW) in the city of St. Louis at a press conference Wednesday held by Better Family Life and Mid-America Transplant Services. A nationwide observance aims to educate minorities of the desperate need for organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities nationwide. The observance encourages people from all racial and ethnic groups to become donors by registering at MissouriOrganDonor.com or at their local licensing office. It also draws special attention to minorities, who make up 56 percent of the more than 115,000 men, women and children on the national organ transplant waiting list. Here in the St. Louis area, minorities make up one-third of the 1,400 patients waiting for a life-saving transplant.
Minorities are disproportionately affected by illnesses, like hypertension and diabetes, which can lead to end-stage renal disease and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant, contributing to the higher number of minority patients on the national organ transplant waiting list. This makes the need for more donors from ethnic minority groups critical because, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, “successful transplantation often is enhanced by the matching of organs between members of the same ethnic and racial group.
The public is encouraged to join us during the week and help us spread the word about the lifesaving power of donation.
To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved please visit www.mts-stl.org or call 314-735-8200