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National Minority Donor Awareness Week

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Observed annually, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 20th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.

Minorities make up more than half (59%) of those currently listed on US organ transplant waiting lists.

In 2016:

  • 44% of all those receiving transplants were minorities
  • 32% of all living and deceased donors were minorities

To learn more facts about multicultural donation statistics, click here.

National Minority Donor Awareness Week Stories

Cynthia London, Donor Mom

Cynthia London shares the story of her son, Sipho Themba, who gave the gift of life to six other individuals through organ donation. Cynthia shares her story with many people, but this particular interview is directed to healthcare workers who have attended Gift of Life's Donation Champion Learning Session or those hoping to attend in the future.

Joe Pratt, Double-Lung Recipient

Image of joe pratt New Jersey resident, Joe Pratt, is a hero for many reasons. He spent much of his life serving the United States as an officer and major in the Army for 20 years. He also had two tours in Vietnam and received a Bronze Medal of honor from the President of the United States. And, he was an instructor at the Airborne School in Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he served as part of the Parachute Infantry Regiment and trained paratroopers. Read Joe's story here.


Wayne Blake, Organ Donor

Image of wayne blake 1 Joan Blake describes her son Wayne as someone who "believed in helping people from the heart." It was a common occurrence for him to spend time speaking with the homeless men and women in the city, and he would often treat them to meals. When Wayne died at age 30, he gave the ultimate gift to help others as an organ and tissue donor. Read his story here.

Lisa McIntosh-Harris, Kidney Recipient

Image of lisa m harris Lisa McIntosh-Harris learned she had kidney failure at the age of 18. Lisa was persistent in living life to the fullest despite hours of daily dialysis treatments and numerous infections that tried to slow her down. After five years on the waiting list, Lisa received the gift of a life-saving kidney transplant. Read her story here.


Austin Flores, Tissue Donor

Image of austin1 Easton, PA native, Austin Flores, knew how to make others laugh. His witty and likable personality drew people to him, and he was always surrounded by family and friends. Some people are just full of life and love – and Austin was one of them. He also believed in helping others, which is something that he was able to do in November, 2011. Read his story here.

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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!

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Delaware Donor Dash!

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Save the date for the 4th Annual Delaware Donor Dash! Saturday, September 23 at Nemours Estate in Wilmington, DE!

Register now!


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