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Multicultural Donation Stories

Organ donation and transplantation affects everyone-regardless of age, gender, nationality, or faith. There are over 68,100 multicultural patients awaiting a life saving transplant in the United States. Listen to how several multicultural donation supporters have been affect by donation-as recipients, living donors and donor families.

Cynthia London Donate Life PSA

Cynthia London named her son Sipho Thembla - a South African name meaning "gift of hope." Sipho was an organ donor and was able to bring hope to multiple lives through donation.

I Dash For: Annie Huynh

Annie Huynh was thrust into the world of organ donation when her father needed a life saving liver transplant to survive. After her father received his transplant, she decided to dedicate her time and energy to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Faces of Organ Donation- Maggie Nix

When Maggie Nix's son was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, her only hope was that a stranger would step up to donate. Because of a stranger's decision to donate, her son was able to receive his transplant. Inspired by a stranger's life saving gift, Maggie decided to become an altruistic kidney donor. Sadly, Maggie's son passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on through Maggie's dedication to donation awareness.

Faces Of Organ Donation- Ramona Howard

Ramona Howard, a multiple organ recipient, is a living example of the life saving gift organ donation is to not only the recipient, but their family.

Faces Of Organ Donation- Sandra Merlino

Transplantation Works: Lou Torres' Story

Lou Torres' liver tansplant gave him a new lease on life. Lou now has the opportunity to interact with donor families and participate in the U.S. Transplant Games.

Faces of Organ Donation- Chris Domine

Chris Domine, a Filipino American, shares his story of how a kidney transplant allowed him to resume his life.Courtesy of HRSA.

Faces of Organ Donation- Catherine Lan Tran

Catherine lost her husband and then a year later, her son. She has turned personal tragedy into a mission to help others understand the power of organ and tissue donation and the legacy it leaves for the family that is left when a member of their household has died. Courtesy of HRSA

Courtesy of HRSA

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Minorities make up 58% of the National Transplant Waiting List. Learn more about how you can save a life.

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Lukeman Harvey, currently on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney transplant.


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Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.

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