Native American Heritage Night

December 1, 2023

Pictured above -Angelika Williams (Sierra Donor Services), Debbie Wilson (tissue recipient), Mollie Murphy (heart recipient), Kyla Aquino Irving (Sierra Donor Services)

Sierra Donor Services honored organ, eye and tissue donors at the Sacramento Kings vs the LA Clippers game on Wednesday, November 29 to celebrate Native American Heritage Night. Even though we did not get the final score that we wanted, we made some wonderful connections and were able to speak to so many Native Americans about donation.

Over 20,000 Californians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and Native Americans are at a higher risk for organ failure due to several disparities. *Native Americans have long experienced lower health status when compared with other Americans. Lower life expectancy and the disproportionate disease burden exist perhaps because of inadequate education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, and cultural differences. These are broad quality of life issues rooted in economic adversity and poor social conditions. (*

These statistics are just a few of the reasons why it’s so important to register to #BeTheGift.

Thank You to our Ambassadors and Volunteers!

  • Debbie Wilson – A talented business owner who received a deceased bone transplant that allowed her to continue dancing with her grandson and attend powwows as a vendor.
  • Mollie Murphy – An incredible heart recipient who enjoys being a Donate Life Ambassador and having the ability to attend Kings games with her husband and child.

Click here to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today!

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.