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Aug 2, 2013 7:39 AM by Eugene Daniels

NM groups push for minority organ donation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico advocacy groups are pushing for more organ donor registrations among minority groups as part of a nationwide campaign.

Officials with Donate Life and New Mexico Donor Services say there's a desperate need for organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities.

The awareness campaign started Thursday and will run through Wednesday.

Officials say minorities make up 56 percent of the nearly 120,000 men, women and children who are on the national organ transplant waiting list.

In New Mexico, there's a higher than average need for kidney transplants because minorities are disproportionately affected by illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Nearly three-quarters of New Mexico patients on the waiting list in need of kidney transplants are minorities, including Hispanics and American Indians.

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