Fathers for Life: Celebrating Father’s Day

June 5, 2024

In honor of Father’s Day, Sierra Donor Services (SDS) is sharing stories of fathers whose lives have been touched by organ, eye and tissue donation.

The “Fathers for Life” stories highlight the transformative power of organ donation and its impact on families and communities from three perspectives: a donor father, a transplant recipient and an individual waiting for his lifesaving transplant.

Jess Chairez, donor father

Jess Chairez lost his son, Joseph, in 2000.

Joseph was a Sacramento police officer who just started his career when he collapsed from an aneurysm and died.

He saved four lives by donating his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

Keith Ivy, heart recipient

Keith Ivy received a lifesaving heart transplant in 2010.

Over the past 14 years, Ivy has traveled with his wife, watched their two sons grow up and become a grandfather.

Eric Nebres, waiting for a kidney transplant

Eric Nebres, a father of two, has been waiting for a kidney transplant for the past four years.

He undergoes dialysis treatments three times per week while juggling a busy schedule with his wife and two young children.

Nebres remains positive while waiting for the lifesaving phone call that a donor is available to save his life.

The demand for organs far outweighs the supply. In California, over 20,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list. By registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, you could offer hope and healing to people like Nebres who are waiting for their second chance at life.

About Sierra Donor Services

Sierra Donor Services (SDS) serves nearly three million people in Northern California and Northern Nevada. We are an exceptional team of professionals dedicated to saving and improving lives by connecting organ and tissue donation to the patients who need them. We strive to extend the reach of each generous donor’s gift to those who are always profoundly grateful for them.

#BeTheGift that saves lives!

When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.

To access the National Registry, click here.