Why the focus on organ, eye and tissue donation during National Hispanic Heritage Month?

In the United States almost 20,000 Latinos are waiting for organ transplants. Due to high rates of diabetes and hypertension, kidneys are the most needed organs. Each year, nearly 4,000 Latinos receive an organ transplant. However, a lack of donors makes it difficult to help all those in need. Sadly, an average of 18 people die each day due to the lack of available organs.

WHAT DOES BEING A DONOR MEAN?

When you register as a donor, you commit to donating your organs and tissue after your die. Your gift of vital organs can save the lives of up to nine people and your gift of tissue can heal up to 50 more who suffer from serious injuries and physical challenges.

 HOW CAN I BECOME AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR?

  • Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with your state donor registry.  To find out how, visit http://www.donatelifemaryland.org.  
  • Once you have decided and registered your decision to become a donor, it is important to share your decision with your family so that they know and understand your wishes.

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¿POR QUÉ HABLAR SOBRE LA DONACIÓN DE ÓRGANOS EN EL MES NACIONAL DE LA HERENCIA HISPANA?

Más de 20,000 latinos esperan por un trasplante en los Estados Unidos y debido a la alta incidencia de la diabetes y hipertensión, los órganos que más necesitan son los riñones. Casi 4,000 latinos reciben un trasplante de órgano anualmente. Sin embargo, la falta de donantes hace imposible ayudar a todos los que lo necesitan y tristemente cada día mueren hasta 18 personas en la lista de espera.

¿QUE SIGNIFICA SER UN DONANTE?

Cuando te inscribes para ser donante, te comprometes a donor tus órganos y tejidos después de fallecer. Tu regalo de órganos vitales puede salvar la vida de hasta nueve personas, y tu regalo de tejidos puede ayudar a mas de 50 que sufren lesiones o dificultades físicas.

¿CÓMO PUEDO CONVERTIRME EN DONANTE DE ÓRGANOS Y TEJIDOS?

  • Inscríbase come donante en el registro de donantes en su estado. Visite http://www.donatelifemaryland.org
  • Después de haber decidido y documentado su deseo de ser un donante de órganos y tejidos, es importante que comunique su decisión a su familia.
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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: http://twitter.com/jennifergelman
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