Richie Sully, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was helping victims of Hurricane Harvey by donating blood when a friend showed him the photo of Leibowitz shirt. He called and left a voicemail, WPIX reported.
Sully is a single dad who took time off of work to travel from Indiana to New York for two weeks to get to know Leibowitz.
"We walked around Manhattan for like six hours and we had sushi and he took me to Times Square. And we talked about music and about being dads and things like that. And really hit it off," Sully told WPIX.
Last week, Sully gave Leibowitz another chance at life when the pair underwent surgery, transplanting Sully's kidney into Leibowitz, WPIX reported.
Now they all plan on going to Disney World together and they’re inviting the couple who helped make Leibowitz story go viral.
Becoming an Organ Donor
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 123,000 Americans are on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant and more than 101,000 need a kidney.
The foundation said 17,000 people receive one each year and that 12 people a day die waiting for a kidney.
You can visit the Donate Life America website to join your state's online registry for donation. You can also declare your intentions on your driver's license.
The National Kidney Foundations says letting your family or other loved ones know about your decision is vitally important. Family members are often asked to give consent for a loved one's donation.
You can also consider being a living kidney donor. Living donation is when when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker.
Religion and Organ Donation
Virtually all religious denominations approve of organ and tissue donation as representing the highest humanitarian ideals and the ultimate charitable act, the foundation says.
<span data-eom-type="bookmark" id="em_30_start"></span>WFTV contributed to this report.
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