Man's T-Shirt With Request for Kidney Goes Viral as Offers Pour In: 'It's More Hope Than I've Ever Had'
It could be months until he finds out if someone is a match.
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.
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.”
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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