Officially known as The Happiest Place on Earth, Disney World is the place where children’s dreams come true. From meeting their favorite princess to soaring through the sky with Dumbo the Elephant, Disney has a way of putting smiles on everyone’s faces.
One man, in particular, is smiling a little brighter after a trip to Disney restored hope in what he believed was a dying cause. Robert Leibowitz has been suffering from chronic kidney disease for three years.
Between being a single father and working a full-time job, Leibowitz goes to dialysis treatmentsthree times a week. When it comes to chronic kidney disease, every day without a donor makes the condition worse and worse.
Unfortunately, the average wait time for a donor of Leibowitz’s blood type is seven years. On a family vacation to Disney World, Leibowitz’s children suggested he take matters into his own hands.
If you’ve been to Disney World you may have seen family vacation t-shirts in every color under that sun. Leibowitz, however, kept his thirty-dollar printed shirt simple.
In black writing, the back of the white shirt read, “in need of kidney.” Leibowitz’s blood type, O positive, and phone number were underneath.
Another park visitor, Rocio Sandoval, noticed Leibowitz’s shirt as he walked by her, pushing a boy in a wheelchair. She stopped Leibowitz and asked if she could take a photo to post online.
Leibowitz was ecstatic and encouraged Sandoval to “share this with the world.” Sandoval may have thought her post would only reach her Facebook friends list, but within days the post was viral.