Anthony Ray Alvarez Jr. was an all-around good kid who had a positive attitude and lived life to the fullest. In April 2011, Anthony was enjoying a Sunday afternoon at the beach, when he suddenly got caught in a riptide; tragically, he did not survive. Anthony had designated himself as a donor when he received his California ID, one year before. When his ID arrived, his mother asked why it had a donor sticker and Anthony replied, "When I'm gone, my organs aren't going to be any good to me. I'd rather they help someone else." That he did, for as many 100 people in need.
Anthony Ray Alvarez Jr. lived in Eastvale, Calif. with his parents Araceli and Anthony Ray Sr. and brother Abel. He was an active boy from a young age, participating in and, baseball, football and dance throughout most of his life. At age 16, Anthony was an all-around good kid who left an indelible impression on everyone he came in contact with. He had a positive attitude and lived his life to the fullest, always making new friends and trying to help in any way he could.
On April 17, 2011, Anthony was enjoying a Sunday afternoon swimming in the ocean with friends in Huntington Beach when he and his girlfriend suddenly got caught in a riptide. His girlfriend made it to shore, but unfortunately Anthony was submerged in the water and drowned. The lifeguards were able to recover his body after 20 minutes and he was taken to the hospital. As the hours slipped by, Anthony's heart would stop and then be restarted; after hours he was pronounced dead with dozens of family and friends praying by his bedside.
Anthony designated himself as a donor by his own choice when he received his California ID only a year before. When his ID arrived, his mother asked him why it had a 'donor' symbol. Anthony replied, "Mom, when I'm gone, my organs aren't going to be any good to me. I'd rather they help someone else." The donation professionals from OneLegacy said that Anthony's donation would help as many as 100 people.
His death had a huge impact in the community and the outpouring of support was overwhelming. Anthony brought everyone together and changed many lives even after death. His family and friends now participate in Donate Life events in honor of him and to help others as he would have wanted.