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African American Experience

The community spoke, we listened. 

Since 1971, Gift of Life Michigan has honored life by connecting people who need vital organ and tissue transplants with donors. We launched Let’s Talk to reach out to multicultural communities, where people are more likely to need an organ transplant, yet less likely to sign up as organ donors, to address the shortage of organs for transplant, educate people about the need for organ donors, break down some of the common myths and misconceptions and encourage them to sign up on the organ donor registry.

 

Connect / Conectese

Facebook  Instagram logo  
via social media 
#LetsTalk #DonateLife #GiftofLifeMich 

a través de las redes sociales 
#Hablemos #DoneVida #GiftofLifeMich 

 

Discuss / Discutir

how you feel about organ and tissue donation, at home and online

cómo te sientes acerca de la donación de órganos y tejidos, en casa y en línea

 

Learn / Aprende más

about organ and tissue donation from people in your community

sobre la donación de órganos y tejidos de personas de su comunidad

 

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We need each other.

Nos necesitamos el uno al otro.

A single organ donor can save as many as eight lives. 
A tissue donor can help heal up to 75 others.

Un solo donante de órganos puede salvar hasta ocho vidas. 
Un donante de tejido puede curar hasta a otras 75 personas.

What one donor can do / Lo que un donante puede hacer

There are still too many people waiting for vital organs. Minorities comprise 25 percent of the American population but make up more than 60 percent of those in need of transplants because of high rates of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obesity. We must close the knowledge gap and address the barriers that keep multicultural groups from becoming organ donors.

Todavía hay demasiada gente esperando órganos vitales. Las minorías representan el 25 por ciento de la población estadounidense, pero representan más del 60 por ciento de las personas que necesitan trasplantes debido a las altas porcentajes de diabetes, hipertensión, enfermedades cardíacas y obesidad. Debemos cerrar la brecha de conocimiento y abordar las barreras que impiden que los grupos multiculturales se conviertan en donantes de órganos.

We invite you to join us in a virtual experience to elevate the conversation about the benefits of these lifesaving gifts. Talk to your families. Your friends. Your social networks.

Te invitamos a unirte a nosotros en una experiencia virtual para elevar la conversación sobre los beneficios de estos regalos que salvan vidas. Habla con sus familias. Sus amigos. Sus redes sociales.

Let’s have this conversation together. / Vamos a tener esta conversación juntos.

Thanks to our partners / Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores

Michigan ChronicleWhat's Up Media NetworkLa ExplosivaFox 2 NewsBeasley Media Group

Are you ready to sign up on the organ donor registry? 

¿Está listo para inscribirse en el registro de donantes de órganos? 

It only takes a minute to sign up online.

Solo se tarda un minuto en registrarse en línea.