National Minority Donor Awareness Day Aug. 1
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has released a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) for radio aimed at creating awareness about organ and tissue donation in the African-American community.
Aug. 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day. White’s office is distributing this spot to radio stations statewide to run from Monday, July 25 until Monday, Aug. 1. The PSA features now-14-year-old heart recipient Mikahla Thornton from Bloomington, Ill.
“Mikahla’s triumphant story will likely inspire the millions of listeners who have not yet registered as organ and tissue donors to learn more,” White said. “We are confident that the message in this PSA will help to save lives.”
In Illinois, the percentage of African-Ameicans signed up as organ donors is half that of the general population, according to Gift of Hope. African-Americans are encouraged to register to meet the demand for donors in their community. Studies have shown that people of the same ethnic group prove to be better matches for organ donation, according to Gift of Hope.
Illinoisans can register by visiting www.LifeGoesOn.com, calling the Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at (800) 210-2106, or while obtaining or renewing an Illinois driver’s license or state identification card at any state driver’s license facility.
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