- 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.
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.