1) The Gifted Life National Town Halls:
The Gifted Life Town Halls are groundbreaking events that aim to foster open discussions, inspire meaningful connections, and ignite transformative action in reimagining organ transplantation.
As you know, kidney transplants make up over 80% of all organ transplants. African Americans represent just 13% of the U.S. population, yet they make up over 30% of the patients on the national organ transplant waiting list. Furthermore, despite being disproportionately affected by kidney disease, African American patients are less likely to receive a kidney transplant compared to their white counterparts, and when they do, they are 8 times more likely to receive a cadaver organ, which has a lifespan of 5-8 years compared to the 15-20 year life span of a donation by a live donor. These disparities are shocking and we are teaming with The Jentosy Project to help make an impact.
The National Town Halls will be held on the third Tuesday of every month, bringing together communities for open discussions and awareness-building. Each event features a panel discussion with four experts, including medical professionals, advocates, and community leaders. These panelists engage in insightful conversations about organ donation, transplantation, and other relevant healthcare topics. The primary goal of these town halls is to educate, inspire, and empower individuals and communities, fostering informed decisions about organ donation and providing support to those in need of life-saving transplants.