RP recipient of organ donation recognized by S.F. Giants

The Community Voice | Molly Lynch
JP Sanchaz, announcing 'Play Ball' at San Freancisco Giants game, July 8, 2015.

When Juan Pablo Sanchez, who received his kidney transplant at age 6 and is now a healthy, happy, 10-year-old baseball playing kid, got a phone call from his doctor recently, it was a call about some very special and exciting news. That had not always been the case with calls from his doctor over a couple of the first few years of his life.

This call was asking if he’d like not only to go to his very first SF Giants game, but also be on the ball field with the Giants team and call “Play Ball!” to kick off the game at the Giants vs. Mets Wednesday, July 8 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Donor Network West is an organization that has teamed up with the Giants Community Fund to put on the event now in its 18th year, which promotes organ and tissue donations. So, what did this 10-year-old transplant recipient and long time fan of the Giants say to this exciting offer? Well a huge YES of course!

Four years ago, after several months of a worrisome, undiagnosed illness, Juan Pablo was finally diagnosed with Reflux Nephropathy. This caused damage to his kidneys and could have potentially led to Juan needing kidney dialysis and he would eventually be in need of a transplant. Even before dialysis needed to happen, or any further damage or failure, Juan Pablo received a miraculous life saving live-donor kidney transplant. The donor and gift of his new kidney was from his dedicated mother Berta Sanchez, who was the perfect match. Continue reading

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