The need for lifesaving organ transplants affects all communities regardless or race, ethnicity, age or sex. However, when it comes to race and transplants, there is an even greater need for organ transplants amount diverse communities and a need in our region and nationally for more people of color to sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors. National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month, celebrated in August, aims to help save and heal the lives of diverse communities by growing understanding of organ, eye and tissue donation across all ethnicities. The lives of those waiting depends on others in our community. Here in Colorado and Wyoming, there are around 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. While the need for transplants affects people across all communities, almost 50% locally, 60% nationally, of those on the waiting list belong to communities of color: 26% of the people locally waiting for a transplant are Hispanic, 11% locally are African-Americans, and 6% locally are Asian/Pacific Islanders.

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