Gift of Life Donor Program Celebrates Black History Month
Currently, there are more than 117,000 men, women and children in the United States in need of a lifesaving or healing transplant, 30 percent of whom are of African American heritage. The chances for a successful transplant increase significantly when people of the same ethnicity are matched, so it is imperative that we continue to register more donors of all ethnic backgrounds.
Celebrating Donor Families
Markita Lews and Cynthia London, Donor Mothers
“Having that conversation with Marquis before he died gave me the strength, on the worst day of my life, to make the decision to give the gift of life.” - Markita Lewis. Read her story here.
"Sipho was my gift, and he brought hope to six other people at his death. Sipho was an organ donor." - Cynthia London. Read her story here.
Dr. Velma Scantlebury, Director of Kidney Transplantation, Christiana Care
To celebrate Black History Month we shed a spotlight on Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first Black woman to become a transplant surgeon in the United States. Dr.Scantlebury has performed more than 200 kidney transplants and has worked hard to not only bring more diversity into the field of medicine, but also to increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors across all communities. Dr. Scantlebury is currently the associate Director of Kidney Transplantation at Christiana Care Health System. Thank you Dr. Scantlebury for all that you’ve done!
Register to Be a Donor
It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!