Giants call on Rohnert Park boy and other organ recipients to open Wednesday’s game


Sanchez, 10, who received a kidney in a transplant from his mother, Berta, reads a chapter of a book with her help for his summer school homework at their home in Rohnert Park , on Monday, July 6, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

JP Sanchez has been rooting for the San Francisco Giants for nearly half of his young life, one that would have been cut short if it hadn’t been for his mother’s giving him one of her kidneys.

A Giants fan since he was 6, the Rohnert Park boy has cheered on the three-time World Series champions mainly from the comfort of his living-room couch. However, he’ll finally get to see the Giants in person on Wednesday.

And he’ll be much closer to the players than he ever imagined.

JP, 10, is one of four transplant recipients who will be invited onto the ballfield at AT&T Park in San Francisco as part of the Giants’ annual Donate Life Day, aimed at raising awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donations.

"I‘ve always wanted to be on the field to hang out with the players," he said.

JP received his transplant four years ago after doctors discovered his kidneys were damaged, likely from reflux nephropathy, said his father, Juan Sanchez. The condition involves the backward flow of urine into the kidneys. Continue reading