Posted on February 11, 2011

African Americans Have Fewer Options for Donor Organs and Bone Marrow

Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2011


Walter [Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter] donated a kidney to Kevin Jordan, 19, after Jordan became ill from a disease called anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody vasculitis. Jordan, an African American, was undergoing kidney dialysis while in search of a donor kidney. His relatives were not matches for donation. Although his coach is white, Walter was a match. {snip}

African Americans have a much harder time finding donor organs and donor bone marrow. Nordstrom Inc. is running a campaign this month to raise awareness of the need for more African American marrow and umbilical cord blood donors. For every person who joins the “Be the Match Registry” as a potential marrow donor, Nordstrom will cover the $100 registry cost.