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Black Organ Donations on the Rise

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Although reluctance from Blacks to donate organs is still visible, it has decreased, according to The Detroit News. Some are crediting raised awareness about diseases that land people on the waiting list and partnerships with minority donors, Black ministers and trusted community organizations. Over the last 15 years, the number of African-Americans in Michigan signing up to donate their organs has jumped from 10.8 percent to 21 percent. Overall, minority donor registrations are at 24 percent. These figures are encouraging since minorities make up about 41.3 percent of the state's transplant wait list and about 46 percent of those waiting for a kidney.—BB

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