Donate Life ECHO (Every Community Has Opportunity) is just a few short weeks away, July 10 – 23. View the video above to learn more about the observance and how you can participate.
Did you know?
Donate Life ECHO is a nationwide observance focused on donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. It started last year and is poised to begin its second year this July. The observance encourages individuals to register their decisions to be organ, eye and tissue donors while providing educational information about donation. Donate Life ECHO is a collaborative effort uniting the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America (DLA).
Multicultural communities play a vital role in donation and transplantation. Indeed, statistics gathered by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) confirm that the percentage of multicultural donors who save and heal lives account for 34 percent of all deceased organ donors. Yet, the need for enhanced advocacy and engagement persists. This is compounded by the fact that ethnically diverse communities are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants—especially kidneys.
Nearly 58 percent of the U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of ethnically diverse patients. Research shared by UNOS further confirms that, “successful transplantation is often enhanced by the matching of organs between members of the same ethnic and racial group.” As such, increasing educational efforts and outreach through innovative campaigns is a critical step toward increasing the number of registered donors in multicultural communities. Accordingly, Donate Life ECHO offers a simple yet powerful conduit for sparking dialogue and action.
This year, AMAT and DLA aim to continue momentum garnered during ECHO’s 2015 launch. To this end, resources have been created so that YOU can help spread the word and become an ECHO champion.
Together, we can help ensure that every community has opportunity to register donors and benefit from lifesaving transplant.