The Gift of Life MOTTEP LIFE WALK/RUN is the largest event promoting organ and tissue donation in the state of Michigan. Organ donation is critical to the minority community because minorities in general (and African Americans in particular) are disproportionately affected by diseases that often lead to organ failure including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Key facts about minorities and donation and transplantation:
* 50% of all patients waiting for transplants are of an ethnic minority.
*Nearly 50% of those needing kidney transplants in Michigan are African American.
*25% of the available donors are minorities.
Minorities do donate organs and tissues, but not enough to meet the urgent need. Some may be reluctant to sign the Michigan Organ Donor Registry because of:
*Religious beliefs and superstitions
*Mistrust of the medical community
*Lack of awareness
*Fear of premature death
This cause takes on a more personal meaning for me; as my youngest daughter, Brooklyn Elise Jennings became an organ donor after dying suddenly from a Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). Though nothing could soften the blow of losing my Baby Girl so suddenly; it helped to know that she lives on not only through our memories, but also because of her Gift of Life.
So in honor of Brooklyn Elise we are walking this year and I humbly ask for your financial support.