“Kidney donor needed, Type B+, Ask me how.”The college kids felt compelled to respond, so Karen posted a photo she had taken on Twitter. Their new mission is to help Robert and the results have been overwhelming — many people have reached out to Robert, and Karen’s tweet has been retweeted more than 260,000 times. She told AZCentral:
“Once I read his shirt I felt something in my heart … I decided to post it on social media because I thought maybe someone out there that has a Twitter can donate theirs or just help with a simple retweet to find him a donor.”It turns out Robert isn’t the only person in Arizona waiting for a perfect match. More than 2,100 individuals need an organ, according to Donor Network of Arizona.
In fact, more than 95,287 Americans total are on a wait list for a kidney transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Surprisingly, there are more people waiting for kidney transplants than for any other organ. It isn’t necessarily the dialysis and the side effects of the disease that is the toughest on Robert and his family. The hardest part is the wait. Robert confessed to AZCentral that his wife has had a difficult time. Every time the phone rings, will it be the call for the kidney he needs to save his life?
We came across this man at Costco and we asked him about his shirt. He said he has been looking for a donor for four years and still nothing. Please do me a favor and RT this. For more info about him DM me. pic.twitter.com/yHfDJGMw50— kxrn? (@_kerrrn_) March 28, 2018
“It is tearing her apart.”Robert said he cannot believe that a simple shopping trip to Costco led to an encounter that just might save him. Life is full of unexpected moments and this was definitely one of them. He refers to Karen and her friends as “a saint.”
“I think the Lord brought them down for me.”While he waits for his angel on earth to rescue him with a vital matching kidney, Robert encouraged everyone to consider becoming an organ donor.