Minority organ donations among state leader's top priorities

As the region’s Level 1 Trauma Center, Carle cares for some of our state’s most seriously ill and seriously injured people. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recognized the hospital for its work to support families who make the choice to donate life, and he offered an important message. 

The state leader wants minorities to sign up to become organ donors. He wants them to put aside misinformation about white people receiving donated organs over minorities who need them. He wants them to help their communities, their family, their friends with one simple step: register at LifeGoesOn.com.

 “Tell your family and friends—everyone who can hear the sound of your voice—encourage them to register to become an organ donor,” White said, emphasizing how one organ donor can save the lives of 25 people.

During his National Minority Donor Awareness Week wrap-up in Urbana, White honored and thanked those who lost family members but allowed others to live because they were donors. He applauded those who received a second chance at life and now help spread the word about of the critical importance of organ donation.

And he promised to keep working for people like Champaign’s David Freeman, who is waiting for a kidney.

Nearly 60 percent of people on organ donation waiting lists are minorities, while only about 30 percent are registered donors, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says.

Carle is proud to connect organ donors and organ recipients in partnership with Gift of Hope.  

“We will be out in the community this month to help spread the word about becoming an organ and tissue donor,” said Amy Bandy, BSN, Medical-Surgical and Critical Care Unit director at Carle. “And we’re grateful for Secretary of State Jesse White’s strong support of organ donation.”

So far in 2016 at Carle:

  • 24 families said yes to donation
  • 18 of those patients became organ donors
  • Two patients/donors were African American
  • 79 organs transplanted
  • 58 lives saved

During his visit, White gave Carle a plaque celebrating its ongoing role in organ donation awareness and advocacy.

“Thank you, Carle, for your kind and caring support,” White said.