African-Americans and Hispanics behind Caucasians in donating organs

Janice Morris falls asleep during a four-hour dialysis session on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at DaVita Crestwood Dialysis in Rockford. Morris likes to watch Western movies during her dialysis because the sound of galloping horses comforts her. SUNNY STRADER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/RRSTAR.COM

ROCKFORD — Waiting for a kidney transplant is weakening Janice Morris, an African-American woman living in Rockford’s Ellis Heights neighborhood.

She's not sure how long she can survive.

Her daughter may be a match. If her daughter isn’t, then maybe her sons. Her wait has lasted a year now, and moments with her 10 grandchildren have become ever more precious.

If a relative’s kidney isn't a suitable match, she'll look to a non-family donor. Her best chance of a suitable organ is one donated by an African-American, but her odds of finding one would be better if more African-Americans registered to donate. African-Americans and Hispanics trail Caucasians when it comes to organ donation. Continue reading 

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