Sacramento woman celebrates ‘kidney quinceañera

Donate Life California 

The Center for Spiritual Awareness church in West Sacramento sparkled with sophistication Saturday as finely dressed guests filed into Kyla Aquino Irving’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed quinceañera. Martini glasses and little blue boxes dotted the tables, while an on-stage singer serenaded attendees out of their seats.

The only thing that distinguished the event from any other 15th birthday bash – other than that Aquino Irving is 37 – was a table where attendees could sign up to be blood, organ and bone marrow donors.

Aquino Irving, a Sacramento resident who received one kidney donation from her father at age 15 and another from her mother six years later, sees the 15-year anniversary of her second transplant as an occasion for celebration – and a chance to raise awareness about the need for more organ donation.

“We call it our second chance at life,” said Aquino Irving’s mother, Joi Aquino Cutter. “Every year that we survive, it’s another way to bring the message that organ donation saves lives. If you can fix it, why not do it?” Continue reading
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