St. Mary's promoting minority organ donation


DECATUR -- HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Food Service and Nutrition employee Mary Lee was already an organ donor.

“If I pass away, I want to be able to help someone -- save some lives,” Lee said.

But what Lee didn’t know was that as of May 2015, nearly 58 percent of the more than 123,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ were minorities. While whites have a 93 percent chance of finding a match, blacks only have a 66 percent chance.

“Wow,” said Lee, who is black. “I didn’t know that. That’s good to know.”

St. Mary’s held a National Minority Donor Awareness Week donor drive on Tuesday. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Program (Life Goes On) was there relaying information and signing up those who weren’t already donors. Also, Central Illinois Community Blood Center was there promoting its “Be the Match” bone marrow donation program and area blood drives. Continue reading
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