Diversity Matters

  • Caucasians in need of a transplant have as much as a 77% chance of finding a match through donor registries.
  • For minorities the percentage drops dramatically. 
The vast majority of members on the Registry are Caucasian. Our main recruitment goal is to in-crease the number of minority members! 
  • Minority patients face a triple challenge:

    • Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others, including those used in matching recipients with potential donors

    • Fewer ethnically diverse members on the registry further decreases the possibility of find-ing a match

    • Fewer than X% of minority members identified as a potential match go on to donate. 

Owing to your unique heritage, you may find you are the one and only match for someone who doesn’t have one in their family.

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