For many years, we’ve heard of Disneyland and Disney World referred to as the magic kingdoms. To children, the magic comes in the form of seeing so many of their cartoon and movie heroes and heroines along with seeing the wonderous castles, displays and rides, but, to one 60-year-old man, the magic was life itself.
Robert Leibowitz took his family to Disney World last summer. The New Jersey man wore a t-shirt saying he was in need of a kidney and it gave a phone number to call. Someone saw his shirt, took a photo of it and posted it on Facebook. Last week, Leibowitz received his new kidney and a new lease on life, thanks to his $35 t-shirt.
(Fox News) – The single father of five who wore a “In Need of Kidney” T-shirt to Disney World over the summer underwent a kidney transplant last week in New York.
Robert Leibowitz, 60, of New Jersey, never imagined how magical his family’s vacation trip to the Magic Kingdom would be after securing a kidney from a stranger– thanks to another stranger’s viral Facebook post about his special hand-made T-shirt.
Leibowitz suffered from chronic kidney disease and was going to dialysis three days a week. He had been in need of a kidney for three years, Inside Edition reported.
“I thought ‘You know, if I can get one person who’s my blood type to just respond and maybe that’s my match…You know it’s worth the $35 investment for the shirt,’” Leibowitz told CBS News…
The Facebook post got over 90,000 shares and after several days at the magic kingdom theme park, Leibowitz’s phone began ringing non-stop. One of the people who saw the post was Richie Sully of Indiana. He called, found out he was a match and donated one of his healthy kidneys to Leibowitz. This is not only magical for Leibowitz, but it also shows one of the positive benefits of social media and how it can be used to save lives.