ECHO, which stands for Every Community Has Opportunity, is the combined effort of the Association for Multicultural Affairs and Donate Life America to reach multicultural communities. Multicultural communities play a critical role in America’s transplant system, saving lives as donors and serving patients and families as healthcare professionals. ECHO’s objective is to encourage current registered donors to share their stories with the community and to encourage others to register as donors. This year, Donate Life ECHO is observed nationwide from July 10-23!
Pictured below is a pie chart separating the current organ donation waiting list by ethnicity. As you can see, there is a very high number of Hispanics/Latinos and African Americans who are in need of a transplant. By planning events with ECHO around town, we hope to educate these multicultural communities on the importance of organ donation.
United Tissue Resources is hosting a donor drive event at the YMCA East Communities Branch starting at 9am on July 27th! Swing by and show your support! Also, tune in to the Juice & Jam Show on KAZI Radio to hear us talk about the ECHO from July 10-23!
There are plenty of ways to get involved in this year’s ECHO! Click here to learn more about the Thunderclap, Take Away Cards, and multiple social media contests!