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Subject: #DonationNeedsDiversity 

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month. Let’s come together to honor the generosity of multicultural organ and tissue donors and their families, and help save more lives by raising awareness in diverse communities about organ and tissue donation.

Although donation and transplantation can take place between individuals from different racial or ethnic groups, successful transplantation is often enhanced by matching of organs between members of the same ethnic and racial group. That means that a greater diversity of donors will increase access to transplantation for everyone in our communities.


  • 66% of those currently waiting for a life-saving transplant in New Jersey are people of color.
  • Almost 35% of the nearly 115,000 people on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant are African-American.
  • African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos are three times more likely than Caucasians to suffer from end-stage renal (kidney) disease.

Beyond these eye-opening statistics, health issues such as hypertension, diabetes and kidney failure have created a greater need than ever for transplants among racial and ethnic minorities.


We need your help to support our #DonationNeedsDiversity awareness campaign. Your active participation will help educate others and dispel any myths and misinformation about organ and tissue donation.

#DonationNeedsDiversity efforts will be powered by virtual events and activities including a lively online panel discussion with local residents whose lives have been touched by organ and tissue donation in conjunction with our clinical professionals. Click here for interactive ways to celebrate. And be on the lookout for our daily Facebook posts and be sure to share them with your friends!

Thank you for your support of our life-saving mission!