National Initiatives

Celebrated annually in August, National Minority Donor Awareness is a nationwide observance that honors the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ and tissue donors. It is also a time to promote healthful living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation

Join us at these upcoming free events and help spread awareness    
 August 14
A Question of Faith Movie Viewing
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - 691 Central Avenue, New Providence
 Refreshments will be served. 
RSVP required. Please email Patti Jackson or call (908) 516-5400
6:00pm - 8:00pm 

August 18
Milton Campbell Field - 224 Terrill Road, Plainfield
Kickball, food, and family fun! 

1:00pm - 5:00pm 

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 August 25
Health Awareness Event 
Military Park - 51 Park Place, Newark
Health screenings, family fun, nutritionist, kids activities

1:00pm - 5:00pm

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More NJ minorities need transplants than ever before

  Although minorities make up 44% of the New Jersey population, they are 66% of our state’s transplant wait list.

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Why minority donors are needed 

People of most races and ethnicities in the U.S. donate in proportion to their representation in the population. The need for transplant in some groups, however, is disproportionately high, frequently due to a high incidence of conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, both of which can lead to the need for a kidney transplant.

Although organs are not matched according to race/ethnicity, and people of different races frequently match one another, all individuals waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance of receiving one if there are large numbers of donors from their racial/ethnic background. This is because of compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor/recipient matching—are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity. A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone.

Learn the facts about organ donation

Will my own medical care be compromised if the hospital is aware that I have an organ donor designation on my license? Do all religions support organ and tissue donation? Can organ transplants be “bought” by the wealthy and powerful?

Get the answers to these and other questions


Help spread the word 

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National Minority Donor Awareness Flyer 


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Register as an organ and tissue donor  

One donor can save 8 lives and restore health to over 75 others. Registration takes less than one minute!

1. Click here to register online now

2. iPhone Feature! Join the National Donate Life Registry using the Health app. 

iphone app

Saying “yes” is legal consent to the donation of your organs and tissue for transplantation and therapy. For those 18 years and older, your decision to donate cannot be revoked by anyone but you. 

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Talea"Talea came into this world a miracle and she left the same way. My family was so happy to be able to share the gift of life through organ donation with other families."

Lakisha Bray
Mother of organ donor Talea Joy Sokes