MESA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – After living with type 2 diabetes for the past 30 years, Nino DiGiulio discovered a few months ago that his kidney was failing and that he needed someone to give him a new one.
DiGiulio is sadly far from the only person who needs a new kidney, but there aren’t many people who use the back of their truck to help them get one. DiGiulio hopes a little creative self-promotion will help him stand out: his truck sticker says, “I need a kidney, can you help me?”
“I was like what? »Says DiGiulio. “At first I was a little worried.
The idea for the car sticker originated a few months ago from DiGiulio’s sister, Laura Farrell. And it didn’t take long for it to stick, literally. “Every time you drove somewhere people saw it,” Farrell said.
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So far, there has been no offer to donate a kidney to DiGiulio, but he has received emails with words of encouragement.
“It means everything,” said DiGiulio. “When I’m depressed and think about it and think there’s no hope, getting an email really, really helps me. It keeps me going.”
During the three cycles of dialysis, DiGiulio receives each week, as well as the uncertainty of when (or worse, if) that new kidney will ever come.
But DiGiulio and Farrell in Texas continue to fight. “I feel like there’s a plan for my brother; I have a lot of hope,” Farrell said. “And I’m confident. I think there’s someone out there, the right person to donate his kidney.”
DiGiulio has his name on a kidney donor list, where he says the wait is estimated at three to seven years. But maybe the car will spawn this donor sooner. If so, expect the rear of the car to look a bit different.
“I think I could change it and say something like thank you for your help; I found a kidney donor,” DiGiulio said. “Something like that.”
DiGiulio said that once he has a new kidney one of the first things he wants is to travel to Texas more often to spend more time with his family.
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