The African American community has some of the greatest needs in organ transplantation, however they are under represented on the national and state registry.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions online and in the news surrounding organ donation these days. This site was created to help the communities we serve learn the truth about organ donation and the process, especially in the African American community. It’s a place where the African American community can come to ask questions and receive truthful answers!
Similar ethnic backgrounds between organ donors and recipients DO make matches more likely, but ethnicity, social status, income or culture are NEVER factors in determining who receives transplants. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has an effective system that matches organs according to height, weight, blood type, medial urgency, time spent on waiting list and geographic location. This system was put into place to make the process fair for everyone on the waiting list.
Know the Truth recognizes that there is a lack of trust in the health care system. To help save more lives in our community, this site was built to educate, host open discussions and clear up the misconceptions surrounding organ donation.
Know the Truth's goal is simply to save lives.