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Sierra Donor Services at the Sacramento Juneteenth Festival

June 27, 2024

Saving and Improving Black Lives

Sierra Donor Services joined several other health and wellness organizations to address healthcare inequities for Black Americans at the Sacramento Juneteenth Festival!

Several Donate Life Ambassadors joined us to educate the community about the vital need for a diverse pool of donors, including…

  • Keith Ivy, heart transplant recipient
  • Joyce Ivy, Keith’s wife
  • Lorin Meeks-Harris, kidney transplant recipient
  • Earl Lovell, heart transplant recipient


California makes up one fifth of the waitlist in America. Of those waiting for lifesaving transplants in California, 9.5% are Black, yet Black Americans are less likely to say “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation.

The need for donor diversity is great. Studies show that transplants may be more successful when matched between members from the same ethnic background.

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.

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