The Omaha organization promotes organ donation among minorities

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A new generation of minority groups in Nebraska advocate organ donation.

There is a stigma among African Americans and Hispanics.

The numbers are disproportionate when it comes to organ donation and minority recipients.

Generations of misinformation are to blame.

A new generation of organ donors are speaking out across Omaha to educate minority groups that organ donation can save lives.

The Live on Nebraska Campaign says that 60 percent of people waiting for an organ transplant are minorities, but the number of minorities registered for donation is below the average.

Organ recipients who spoke to 6 News say compatibility is vital.

“It has a lot to do with our tissue type and the likelihood of the same genes,” said Mercedes Aguilar, an organ recipient.

Recipients say breaking the stigma is as easy as starting a conversation and signing up when they get a driver’s license.

Experts say reaching out and educating minorities is key to the stigma that spans generations.

According to Live on Nebraska, 42 percent of Caucasian patients have been enrolled since 2011.

The rate for African Americans and Hispanics is below 20 percent.

Register here through Live On Nebraska.

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