The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 31, 2013

Library spreads vital message


DANVILLE — The Danville Public Library will serve as host on Thursday for a local event to highlight National Minority Donor Awareness Day.

The library press hopes to register 300 people, which means potentially 300 Illinois residents could be saved from an early death each year by organ donors.

Started in 1991, the day recognizes the special challenges some minority residents face if they ever need to seek some type of organ transplant.

The number of minority residents who have signed organ donor cards have soon a dramatic increase in recent years, but the problem of finding a perfect match persists. The progress can be tracked in the number of minority patients who received an organ transplant at Howard University Transplant Center. The number increased from 12 percent in 1982 to 43 percent in 1994, according to the national Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program.

The progress made in medical science in recent years — and the incredible potential for further success — makes the availability of donor organs critical to the future health of thousands of people.

With that in mind, the national organization has launched a campaign, Love Yourself, Take Care of Yourself. It encourages individuals to keep themselves healthy.

At the library’s event, the Bloodmobile will visit. Visitors also will have a chance to sign up as a bone marrow donor.The activities start at 11 a.m. and will continues until 2 p.m. with speakers and special information available.