New Jersey is a diverse state filled with a rich history and culture. Although each ethnic and cultural group has their own unique perspective on organ and tissue donation, generosity and helping others in need are valued as important components of all communities.
Let’s come together to increase awareness in diverse communities about organ and tissue donation and help save lives.
Why it Matters
People of all ages, races, and ethnicities can save and enhance lives by donating their organs, eyes and tissues. Organ and tissue transplants are needed by people from every area of our nation.
Most of the conditions that can result in organ failure are best treated through transplantation.
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.
A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone.
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.
Our #DonationNeedsDiversity initiative 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 a time to promote healthful living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.
8.5 x 11 Flyer - English, Spanish
Social Media Graphics
Help spread the word by downloading and sharing our #DonationNeedsDiversity graphics on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Sample text for your posts is also included below.
Every Community Needs Heroes - Male, Female
Because of Donation
Randall - English, Spanish;
Darryl - English, Spanish;
Ezequiel and Iris - English, Spanish
Sample posts to accompany graphics
- 67% of those waiting for a life-saving transplant in New Jersey are people of color. Get the facts about organ and tissue donation at www.NJSharingNetwork.org. #DonationNeedsDiversity
- A greater diversity of donors increases access to transplantation for everyone. Learn more about organ and tissue donation and get involved at www.NJSharingNetwork.org. #DonationNeedsDiversity
- There are 162 people in Newark currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. A greater diversity of donors increases access to transplantation for everyone. Learn more at www.NJSharingNetwork.org. #DonationNeedsDiversity
Get the facts about organ donation
- People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors
- The decision to be an organ donor will in no way affect the level of medical care for a sick or injured person.
- Organs are matched according to medical need, compatibility and location. A patient’s income, race or social status is never taken into account.
- Most religions support organ donation and consider it the greatest gift a person can give.
- One organ and tissue donor can save 8 lives and restore health to over 75 others.