National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15

Observed annually from September 15 – October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to celebrate and educate a people passionate about life. While almost 4,000 Hispanics received organ transplants in 2011, myths regarding donation continue to be major barriers preventing many Hispanics from becoming registered donors. During Hispanic Heritage Month, Donate Life Maryland focuses on providing facts, educating people to encourage them to donate life.


  • There are more than 20,000 Hispanics on the organ transplant waiting list. 
  • While Hispanics make up approximately 16 percent of the total United States population, almost 18 percent of the more than 114,500 persons awaiting organ transplants are Hispanic.
  • Many thousands more await tissue transplants to restore their health, mobility and sight.
  • Approximately 56 percent of all those awaiting organ transplants are minorities.
  • In 2011, nearly 13 percent of organ donors were Hispanic.
  • Hispanics, like other minorities, have the best chance of a successful organ transplant if the donor is of the same ethnic background.


Get the facts on organ, eye and tissue donation and register as a donor today. Visit


El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, que se celebra anualmente del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, es el momento perfecto para celebrar una cultura comprometida con la vida y para aprender cómo podemos compartir esa vida con otras personas. Aunque casi 4,000 hispanos recibieron el regalo de la vida a través de la donación de órganos y tejidos en 2011, todavía continúan existiendo mitos muy fuertes sobre la donación. Esto representa un gran obstáculo e impide que muchos hispanos se conviertan en donantes de órganos y tejidos. Durante todo el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, Donate Life Maryland se dedica a brindar información y eliminar los mitos sobre la donación de órganos y tejidos.


  • Hay más de 20,000 hispanos inscritos en la lista de espera para   trasplantes en los Estados Unidos.
  • El censo más reciente realizado en EE.UU. establece que los hispanos representan aproximadamente 16% de la población total de EE.UU., pero casi 18% de las más de 114,500 personas en espera de trasplantes de órganos y tejidos son hispanos.
  • Aproximadamente 56% de las personas que esperan trasplantes de órganos pertenecen a grupos minoritarios.
  • En 2011, casi el 13% de los donantes de órganos fueron hispanos.
  • Los hispanos, como otras minorías tienen, mejores probabilidades de tener un trasplante de órgano exitoso si el donante es del mismo grupo étnico.


Obtenga información sobre la donación de órganos y tejidos. Visite la página de Internet


About Jennifer

Jennifer Gelman is the director of Communications for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. She is responsible for creating and executing educational and awareness programs for LLF’s donor service area, along with overseeing the company’s volunteer program, and the relationship with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. With nearly ten years of experience in non-profit and cause-related marketing, on a national and local level, Jennifer is focused on raising awareness and creating an open dialogue about organ, eye and tissue donation throughout diverse communities the organization serves. Follow Jennifer on Twitter:
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