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Empowering the Future Program

The Need

Cleveland MOTTEP and local author Chante Thomas have created an education and awareness program for youth in the Greater Cleveland area. This initiative focuses on organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation, as well as proper diet and exercise. Cleveland MOTTEP staff, community educators, and volunteers will distribute the book "Sean and the Book Cures: The Great Sacrifice... Can You Spare a Kidney?" at various community events to foster donation advocates, encourage registration, and drive change in the community to save lives.

Organ donation is a remarkable act of altruism that saves countless lives each year. However, the shortage of available organs for transplantation in the minority community remains a critical issue in Northeast Ohio.  Minority individuals are disproportionately affected by organ failure. This phenomenon is associated with increased rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension among minority individuals - two of the leading causes of organ failure.

To this end, Cleveland MOTTEP is thrilled to announce its recent collaboration with local author Chante Thomas through the Empowering the Future: The Importance of Youth Education in Minority Organ Donation and Transplantation Program.  As collaboration stands central to the Program’s purpose, we want to share the significance of education in addressing the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors while creating donation advocates within youth communities to save more lives.  Organ donation can be a sensitive and misunderstood topic for many young people. Early education can dispel myths and misconceptions surrounding organ transplantation, encouraging open discussions and a positive outlook on donation.  Young individuals who learn about organ donation and transplantation are more likely to become lifelong advocates for the cause. Their passion and energy can be harnessed to raise awareness, encourage registration, and drive change in their communities to save more lives.  The demand for organs far surpasses the available supply. Engaging young people in organ donation can help bridge this gap in the end, potentially saving countless lives in the process

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