Tony and Sylvia Dinozo

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Sylvia Dinozo, a 44-year-old mother of two, suffers from end stage kidney disease and needs a life-saving transplant. In June of 2002, Sylvia began experiencing health problems which forced her to quit her two jobs – one at Sutter Davis Hospital and the other as a cosmetologist. Sylvia started dialysis in August.

“My sincerest wish is to be able to watch my two children, 11-year-old Paula, and 15-year-old Marvin, grow up,” says Sylvia.

Sylvia’s husband, Tony is hopeful. In fact, he knows firsthand that transplants work. Nine years ago, doctors told him, his only chance at survival would be a liver transplant. He waited four years for the operation that saved his life.

“All we want is for Sylvia to be healthy and with us for a long time to come. It will just take one donor family saying ‘yes’. For us, it’s about giving life – and we hope that gift will come in time for our family.

  • Fact: Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) now represent 7% of the tens of thousands of Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant. Yet APIs make up less than 2.6% of the people making life-giving donations. Fact is the best matches for kidneys between donors and recipients often lie between members of the same race. Currently, the lack of minority organ donors decreases the number of well-matched kidneys available for minority recipients. Eighty percent of the thousands of APIs now waiting for a transplant in the United States need a kidney.
  • One donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people. Talk to your family about organ donation. It’s about giving life.