Health & Family

Why donating your organs is a good idea

More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Nearly 2,000 of those are children. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list. An average of 18 people die each day in the U.S. waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. It’s especially important to consider becoming an organ donor if you belong to an ethnic minority. Minorities are more likely than whites to have certain chronic conditions that affect the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and liver. Certain blood types are more prevalent in ethnic minority populations. Because matching blood type is usually necessary for transplants, the need for minority donor organs is especially high.