More Organ Donors of All Races Needed

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More than 7 million Californians have signed up on the state’s registry for organ and tissue donors. But state officials cautioned that the need for vital organs far outpaces the supply and urged others to sign up. Donors from different racial and ethnic groups are especially needed.

More than 20,700 people in California are on waiting lists for organs, including 16,700 seeking to have a kidney transplant. Of the 7 million people who have signed up for the registry, fewer than 1 percent actually will become organ donors because certain physical conditions must be met. The requirements for tissue and cornea donations are less stringent and a single donor can aid up to 50 people.

Most people sign up for the registry at the Department of Motor Vehicles while getting or renewing a driver’s license. Information and registration is available online