Robert Leibowitz was just like any other father enjoying a Disney day with his family at the Florida park. However, the one thing that was different was that Leibowitz was suffering from a chronic kidney disease which resulted in his kidneys not draining properly.
The 60-year-old has been searching for a live donor match but it has been completely unsuccessful. Leibovitz had been increasingly unlucky and due to his O positive blood type of which the average wait time for a kidney donor is around seven years.
After losing hope, his daughter decided to try a different approach and made a T-shirt for her father to wear at Disney World. The T-shirt read “In need of a kidney, O Positive,” along with a phone number.
While walking around the park, a stranger named Rocio Sandoval saw the T-shirt, took a picture of it and then posted it on to her Facebook page.
Sandoval wrote on the post “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,'”.
Almost immediately the post went viral with many people determined to help Leibowitz find a donor.
The post was shared over 90,000 times and Leibovitz was inundated with responses to his request, asking to help the single father in any way they could.
Robert is currently on dialysis three times a week and with the help of the Internet, people have begun going through the application process to see if they are a match for him.
Robert spoke of the help saying, “It’s been an amazing opportunity for me, the outpour of love has been amazing.”
As for the news of a match for a kidney, he said “Right now it’s hurry up and wait, 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.”