On behalf of the Health and Human Services Facet chair, Arlene Ross, Rochelle Calhoun, President of St. Louis (MO) Chapter of the Links, Inc. and the St. Louis Links Cluster, we thank the pastor of Washington Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, Rev. Anthony Witherspoon and his members for allowing us to come and present on the benefits of organ donation. Donor Sabbath allows faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients and donation/transplantation professionals the opportunity to educate the public about the need for lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation.
African-American representation on state donor registries has increased from 12% to 16% of donors since the inception of Linkages to Life™. However, the need continues to outpace the lifesaving organs available. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, 28.7% of those waiting for an organ transplant are African American. Yet, African Americans make up only 13% of the population in the United States. Equally alarming is the fact that tens of thousands of African Americans diagnosed with blood cancers annually have only a 23% chance of finding an adult matched donor on the Be The Match Registry®. Clearly, we have more work to do. We thank the St Louis Cluster of Links for showing up in support of this worthy service to the community. Education and awareness building can make the difference in life and death. #stllinks #stlcluster #gatewaylinks #archwaylinks #donorsabbath