Soccer player Najar to promote organ donation among Latinos

Midfielder to appear at Clifton Park soccer fields Sunday

September 06, 2012

A local donor advocacy group is hoping a handsome soccer star will convince Latinos to donate their organs.

Donate Life Maryland is bringing DC United soccer player Andy Najar to Baltimore this weekend to speak about the need for Latinos to donate organs, tissue and corneas.

More than 20,000 Latinos living in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, according to Donate Life Maryland.  About 18 Americans of all ethnicities die each day due to lack of organ donors.

Statistics show Latinos and other minorities have the best chance of a successful organ transplant if the donor is of the same ethnic background.

Najar will appear at  the Clifton Park Soccer Fields Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  He will play soccer, give out autographs and take photographs with fans at the free event. 


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