A Dad Pushing A Wheelchair At Disney World Wore A Shirt That Made One Woman Spring Into Action

"This post was meant to help a family."

There are approximately 117,000 people waiting for organ donations with one new person being added to the list every 10 minutes. Sadly, there are 8,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone because organs are not donated in time. Additionally, the National Kidney Foundation reports that there are more than 101,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, but only 17,000 people per year receive one.

The people on these lists can sometimes feel helpless as they await the news of a possible donor match, but a single dad named Robert Leibowitz decided to take action.


On a recent trip to Disney World, the dad wore a T-shirt reading, "In Need Of A Kidney, O Positive."

The homemade T-shirt then listed his phone number so potential donors could contact him.

Rocio Yanira Sandoval was also at Disney World that day when she passed Leibowitz pushing his son in his wheelchair. She asked if she could take a photo of the T-shirt and share it online, and he happily agreed. "This man turned around with the biggest smile, so grateful, and said, 'Yes, please!' " she recalled. "He gave us both a hug and said, 'Thank you. Please share this with the world.'"

Sandoval explains in a Facebook post that she initially thought the kidney was for Leibowitz's son, but found out after the original post went up that the kidney was for Leibowitz. She wrote, "The man in the picture is Robert, he is the one that is in need of the kidney. I had assumed the child in the wheelchair, was the one in need, but really it is his dad. When I told him I had made the post thinking it was for his son, he was afraid people wouldn't want to become donors, since it's for an adult and not a child."

She added, "This post was meant to help a family, to me it is still a very worthy cause, and worth sharing."

Since Sandoval posted the photo on August 27, it has been shared more than 87,000 times.

Leibowitz has had kidney trouble since he was 12 years old, but his doctor told him recently he would need to go on dialysis three times a week for four hours a day, and receive a transplant. He told WFTV that he wants to spend as much time as possible with his kids and it was actually his 14-year-old daughter's idea to wear the shirt to Disney World to raise awareness about the donation.

He adds that he has been amazed by the support he has received from the T-shirt and Facebook post. "The response has been absolutely amazing. I get very emotional about it," Leibowitz explained. "Over a million people have seen it already, and the calls keep coming in … from all over the country, which is amazing."

The single father of five told Babble that he has received 200 texts from strangers who are o-positive and wanted to be tested as a potential match.

Everyone is hopeful that the post will help Leibowitz find a match, but Sandoval is also grateful about how it has raised awareness about organ donations. "Not only do I hope he gets his kidney, but this has raised awareness to the public about donating organs," Sandoval tells Babble. "There are so many people who are in need."

(H/T: Popsugar)


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