Celebrating Black History Month

February 9, 2024

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Jackie Robinson

New Mexico Donor Services celebrates Black History Month by sharing the personal stories of recipients and donation champions and highlighting the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Black Americans make up approximately 12.2 percent of the population, and 28% of the national organ transplant waiting list. Black Americans make up the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant. More than 31,000 Black Americans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

Help end the waitlist today and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor at

Emmitt, who is waiting for a kidney transplant, created Male Lupus Warriors Corp. to raise awareness for Lupus and mental health.

He continues his advocacy while undergoing home dialysis as he waits for a lifesaving transplant.

Lorin is a two-time kidney transplant recipient, having received her first kidney as a teenager from her father and her second kidney from a living donor in 2003.

We are beyond grateful to have her as an active #DonateLife Ambassador, encouraging organ, eye and tissue donation in Sacramento and Placer counties!

When Roysean was only 2 years old, he received a lifesaving heart transplant.

Nine years later, his heart is healthier than ever, and he is living life to the fullest thanks to the selflessness of his donor hero!

After struggling with an organ disease, Dee was told she needed a heart transplant to survive. She had only a month to live.

Thanks to the selflessness of a 23-year-old donor hero, Dee received her lifesaving transplant and the opportunity for a long and healthy life.

Darrell was first diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 1995 and needed a lifesaving kidney transplant to survive.

Thanks to the selflessness of his donor hero, Adam, Darrell received his second chance at life and a new relationship with his donor’s family.

A double lung transplant was Lynn’s only chance at survival.

In her time of need, a donor hero gave her the gift of life.

After being diagnosed with a rare heart disease, Melvin’s only hope was to receive a lifesaving heart transplant.

His donor hero, Kevin, selflessly gave Melvin the heart he desperately needed to survive, allowing him to continue spreading messages of love and generosity as a faith minister.

#BeTheGift that saves lives!

When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.

To access the National Registry, click here.