This is Robert Gamarano and he needs a living donor.
Bob is a loving husband, father, grandfather, and business owner who resides in Gilbert, Arizona outside of Phoenix. Bob understands stressful situations as he owns a restoration business, so his company cleans up after water damage and restores someone's home or place of business. Well, that is what this active outdoorsman is looking for, a way to restore his health. He was first diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD) in April of 2021 and has been on the donor list since December of 2021. His doctor recently advised him that he must begin dialysis. Bob is 54 years old, the youngest of six children, and in otherwise good health. However, none of his family members are possible donors.
Bob met his wife of 30 years while living in Colorado. He was working for her brother at the time and when she came to Colorado for a visit, her brother had Bob pick her up at the airport. This was the start of a wonderful life. Bob and Julie have three children, and five grandchildren who lovingly call this pair Lolli and Pop. This dynamic duo with their grandbabies is sweetness overload. They have a full life of family, friends, traveling and fishing. But now his health needs to take top priority. The whole Gamarano family is working together to find a living kidney donor so please fill out the questionnaire to see if you can be a match.
Lorrie Hartel RN, BSN
Transplant Program Specialist,
St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
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Kidney Buddy Foundation Inc.
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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