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People of color comprise nearly 60% of the more than 100,000 people now waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, but only 30% of donors are Black or Hispanic.

While organs are not matched based on race and ethnicity, people generally have a better chance of obtaining a match if the donor is from a similar or ethnic background. As a result, people from communities of color are likely to wait longer for a life-saving transplant.

Join NJBIA’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council for an online meeting at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 21 when four panelists whose lives have been personally impacted by organ donations will speak about the importance of life-saving transplants and how to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to become donors.

The discussion will be moderated by Jackie Lue Raia, president & founder of ALEXNA Consulting, whose mother was an organ and tissue donor.

For registration information, go to NJBIA.org/events.