Man's T-Shirt With Request for Kidney Goes Viral as Offers Pour In: 'It's More Hope Than I've Ever Had'

Playing Hundreds of Strangers Respond to Man's Shirt Seeking Kidney Donor at Disney

When a New Jersey man donned a T-shirt asking for a kidney at Disney World, he wasn’t expecting the incredible response he received.

Robert Leibowitz, 60, has been in need of a new kidney for three years after suffering from chronic kidney disease, which causes his kidneys to not drain properly.

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Leibowitz wore the shirt, which his daughter had made for him, at the Florida amusement park two weeks ago when he visited with his 14-year-old son.

When a stranger, Rocio Sandoval, snapped a picture of the shirt and posted it to her Facebook page, Leibowitz’s request for the organ went viral.

“On our way out we saw this man pushing a teenage boy in a wheelchair. Juan asked if we could snap a picture to share online, this man turned around with the biggest smile, so grateful and said, 'Yes, please!' He gave us both a hug and said, 'Thank you, please share this with the world,'” Sandoval wrote on her Facebook.

And share it with the world, she did.

The post of Leibowitz in his T-shirt has been shared more than 90,000 times.

Leibowitz, who has blood type O positive, has been searching for a live donor match for the last few years but they have been unsuccessful in finding one. A living kidney donor donates only one of their kidneys. For Leibowitz’s blood type, the wait time is about seven years.

The single dad, who is currently on dialysis three times a week, said that the responses to his request have been pouring in.

“It’s been an amazing opportunity for me,” Leibowitz said. “The outpour of love has been amazing.”

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People have already reportedly started going through the application process to see if they are a match. The process can, however, take months.

“Right now it’s hurry up and wait," Leibowitz said. "It’s nerve-racking, draining, but it’s a great place to be in. It's more hope than I ever had. I spoke to great people."

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