August marks the start of National Minority Donor Awareness Month and in honor of that, Nevada Donor Network continues its effort to educate Nevadans about the importance of having diverse donor registrations in the state.
On Aug. 4, the Clark County Commission Chambers and the Clark County Commission proclaimed National Minority Donor Awareness Month a county-wide observance.
The proclamation recognizes the significance of multicultural donor registrations and honors heroic donors and their courageous families for continually inspiring others to register. NDN’s President and CEO Joseph Ferreira accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Critical factors in donor/recipient matching, such as blood types and tissue markers, are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity; for this reason, it is urgently important for multicultural communities to be aware of the shortages of suitable donated organs.
NDN looks to encourage registrations among diverse communities to become heroic organ, eye and tissue donors.
With over 110,000 people across the U.S., including 650 Nevadans currently waiting for life-saving transplants on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List, more than half of whom are from minority populations, the need remains vital for multicultural donor heroes to say ‘yes.'
For more information about NDN or to register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit here.