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Some See Slimmer Chances For Transplants

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When it comes to organ donations, one group of people is at a great disadvantage.

This week is National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Week.

Over half of patients in need of transplants are minorities, but only about thirty percent of minorities are donors, according to Cate Oliver, the Communications Manager at LifeCenter Northwest.

Oliver also points out that it is more common to find a donor organ match within a similar ethnic background to the patient.

"It's a nationwide observance," said Oliver, "mostly to educate minorities about the need for organ and tissue donations within multicultural communities."

Although the week ends August 8, you can become an organ donor anytime, just click here to learn more.

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