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Robert Leibowitz Kidney Transplant Days Away Thanks to Disney Magic

Robert Leibowitz Kidney Transplant Days Away Thanks to Disney Magic
Robert Leibowitz wore a shirt asking for a kidney to Disney World and it went viral. (Facebook/Roco Sand)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:13 PM

Robert Leibowitz, the man who asked for a kidney on his Disney World T-shirt, will have the transplant next week after donor Richie Sully came forward after Leibowitz's shirt went viral. 

Rocio Sandoval, who was a stranger to Leibowitz, took a photo of the shirt during Leibowitz’s visit to Disney World in August and posted it to Facebook, where it went viral and was shared more than 91,000 times.

A few months later, Richie Sully of Indiana responded to the post and offered his kidney to Leibowitz.

Sully flew to New Jersey to meet Leibowitz, a single dad of five kids who gets dialysis three times a week, and he got tested at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, spending the day in the city with Leibowitz, Inside Edition reported.

Sully was a match and was happy to follow through on his offer to donate the organ. The surgery will take place Jan. 18.

“I am excited to do it, to break that chain so he doesn’t have to be on dialysis,” Sully told Inside Edition. “It’s not about checking a box at the DMV or donating platelets. It’s about doing more when you can.” 

Leibowitz is grateful to Sully and feels he has found a lifelong friend. 

“I can’t even put into words the type of gesture, [that] someone would do something like that,” Leibowitz told Inside Edition.

Sully commented on the original Facebook post thanking people for sharing.

"I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that shared this post," he wrote. "Had it not been for you guys, I never would have seen it and Rob would still be looking for a match. His kids can now go to bed and not have to worry about their dad. Thank you for helping me give them more time as a family."

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Robert Leibowitz's kidney transplant is scheduled for next week after he wore a T-shirt to Disney World in August asking for a donor.
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