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Brooklyn man goes to Disney World looking for a kidney, finds one

Brooklyn man goes to Disney World looking for a kidney, finds one”

"But he did. It was nearly frustrating that all I could do was give him a giant bear hug and say 'thank you'".

But, when they made contact, Leibowitz explained that a number of candidates had "flaked".

He said his 14-year-old daughter came up with the idea for the shirt and that he knew wearing it on his Disney trip would help him get a lot of exposure.

"I love you and your husband, that's my message!" Sully took off from work and paid to stay in a NY hotel for two weeks. To date, it's been shared over 90,000 times.

But for Rob Liebowitz and his family - it was a huge deal.

It just so happened that on the date of their first meeting, December 8, John Lennon was killed in 1980 in front of his NYC apartment.

Three days later, Leibowitz' life would change forever.

Mr Leibowitz, 60, said: "All I wanted was more time to spend with my kids, and now I can have another 20 or 25 years". On Dec. 12, they finally got the news they were hoping for: Sully was a flawless match. He instantly chose to call Robert.

"Hello this is Robert", Leibowitz replied in a depressing tone. Eventually, the post was noticed by IN father-of-two Richie Sullivan, and he responded to Leibowitz's request.

"Humanity has a new name and it's "Richie Sully", Mr Leibowitz said. Leibowitz told him other patrons on the subway had to think he was insane when he heard the news, as he jumped up and down ferociously. The surgery was performed January 18 at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The Brooklyn native's kidneys were only functioning at 5% and had lived with kidney disease for 15-years.

After the photo was shared thousands of times, Leibowitz received a voicemail from Richie Sully, a matching donor from Indiana.

The Liebowitz and Sully families plan to go back to Disney World and hope the Sandovals, who snapped and posted the photo, will join them. "He saved my dad's life", Doug Rockwell, Leibowitz's son, posted to Facebook.

If you're wondering how Sully funded this, he took to YouCaring.com, a crowdfunding site. "I really do, she is my guardian angel", said Robert. Co-workers at the Home Depot he works at got together to raise around $1,200.

Four people flew to NY for testing.

The week the pair has met with numerous national media outlets, including CBS News and The Today Show. "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!,'" Facebook user Roco Sand wrote in August 2017.



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