As the holidays approach, our minds turn to our loved ones and giving. Will I find the perfect gift for my significant other? What would my loved ones appreciate? How can I help those in the community who are less fortunate?

The most unique and meaningful gift you can give is hope.

A critical need

The only hope for people in need of an organ transplant is that a donor organ will become available in time. People of African-American and Hispanic heritage are more likely to develop kidney disease, which may lead to organ failure and the need for a transplant.

"Not one of these lives could have been saved without another human being making the decision to help others through donation."

Organs and tissues can be transplanted successfully among any ethnic group. However, donors and recipients who share the same ethnic background are more likely to match. So while there is a huge shortage of donors overall, there is an even higher need for minority donors.

How you can help

Transplantation has become a common treatment for organ failure that saves and enhances the lives of tens of thousands of people every year. Many now benefit from transplant that wouldn’t have had that opportunity in the past. One thing hasn’t changed. Not one of these lives could have been saved without another human being making the decision to help others through donation.

We trust that you will learn a great deal about donation and transplantation and the lives touched in the following pages and hope that you’re inspired. As you read the stories of lives saved and transformed, think about how many more could benefit. We all have the power to offer hope and renewed life to the 122,000 men, women and children waiting for an organ transplant right now.