August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month!

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month!

National Minority Donor Awareness Month, celebrated nationally in August, aims to help save and heal the lives of diverse communities by growing understanding of organ, eye, and tissue donation across all ethnicities. The lives of those waiting depends on others in our community. That’s why it’s important to get the facts about organ, eye and tissue donation.

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Saying Yes to Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Saves Lives

By signing up to the Donate Life Colorado Donor Registry, you can be someone’s hero. One heroic choice can save and heal lives.

Donate Life Colorado Statistics

one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation.

Donate Life Colorado Statistics

one donor can save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation.

Donate Life Colorado Statistics

one donor can save the sight of 2 individuals through eye donation.

Donate Life Colorado Statistics

69% of Coloradans have signed up to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

Nearly 2,000 people in Colorado are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.


Kidney recipient / Alamosa, CO

“It has been almost three years since my transplant and I am doing really well. I am now able to enjoy time with my family, go to church and care for my grandchildren. I enjoy cooking for my family and see my sons and daughters when they come to visit me every weekend.”

After being diagnosed with kidney disease, Nieves was on dialysis for four years when her sister offered to be a living donor and give her one of her kidneys. Nieves’ sister was a match, but was told by her doctor that she needed to lose weight before she would be able to donate her kidney. After almost a year, Nieves’ sister was able to lose the weight, but due to health complications was no longer a viable donor.

After hearing the bad news, Nieves decided to ask her doctor if she could get placed on the transplant waiting list. After being on the list for a year, Nieves received the call that a kidney had become available. In October 2013, Nieves’ daughter and son-in-law drove her from Alamosa to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, but when they got there, Nieves was told there was something wrong with the kidney and it was no longer viable for a transplant. They were on their way back to Alamosa after hearing the bad news, when Nieves got another call from the transplant center. Another kidney had become available and seemed to be a perfect match. They returned to the hospital and Nieves’ long-awaited transplant finally took place.