Siblings bring own organ donation experience to Minority Donor Awareness Week

RICHMOND FREE PRESS | Jeremy Lazarus

Malcolm K. Bradford feels fortunate that he had a sister willing to donate a kidney when both of his failed.

“People who were in dialysis with me are still on the waiting list” for an organ transplant, said the 47-year-old city employee, who is in good health since the operation two years ago.

He and his sister, Tanyika B. Johnson, 46, are using their experience to help rally more people to become organ donors, particularly African-Americans, who are underrepresented as donors.

The Richmond siblings spoke with the Free Press to help bring attention to the need for more people to sign up to give organs.

Their efforts come just ahead of Minority Donor Awareness Week, which will run from Tuesday, Aug. 1, to Monday, Aug. 7.

The need is great. According to the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 116,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive transplants, with nearly 35,000, or about one-third, being African-Americans. Continue reading
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