This week (Aug. 1-7) is National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which is a perfect time to discuss the need for kidney donations within minority populations. More than 100,000 Americans are currently waiting for a kidney, and although minorities make up just 36 percent of the U.S. population, over half of all patients on the U.S. organ transplant wait list are minorities.
Among minorities, the need for kidney transplants is disproportionately high, so donations are essential. Anthony Brown, a patient-advocate with American Kidney Fund, shared his story about donating one of his kidneys to his mother last year on World Kidney Day. Anthony is one of many inspirational advocates in the American Kidney Fund's Advocacy Network who has donated a kidney to a friend or family member.
Visit http://donatelife.net to learn more about organ donation and how to become a donor.