Why do you ask for my race and ethnicity during the sign up process?

This information is used as a way to monitor effectiveness at encouraging people from all of Missouri’s diverse populations to sign up and record their decision to be organ and tissue donors in the Registry. Also, optimal tissue matching can happen within the same racial and genetic background. For example, an individual of Asian descent may match better with a donor of Asian descent. Organs are allocated anonymously according to medical criteria. Regardless of who the donor is, all transplant recipients are thankful to receive the gift of life.

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