Carolina Donor Services is hosting a three-hour live radiothon on Monday to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Day and promote organ donation.
The event is being held from 4-7 p.m. at WOOW radio station, 405 Evans St.
The Rev. Sidney Locks with Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church and Ralph Love, a Pitt County Board of Education member, will discuss their organ transplants.
Arlette Whitaker will talk about working as a dialysis nurse while waiting for a kidney transplant and Bettie and James Whitfield will share how she gave her husband one of her kidneys.
Carolina Donor Services staff and representatives from Pitt County Memorial Hospital's Transplant Services will answer questions about the donation process.
Carolina Donor Services is the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization for 78 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Va.
More than 1,800 black North Carolinians are waiting for transplants.
Nearly half of the people on national waiting lists for transplants are minorities, yet only 25 percent of the donors are minorities.
Organizers say the radiothon is an opportunity for people to learn why it is important for minorities to donate
For more information, visit www.carolinadonorservices.org; call 1-800-200-2672 or write 3621 Lyckan Parkway, Durham, NC 27707.