Edward Bender received a BBA from Baruch College and, at age 22, enlisted in the Navy Reserves for a 6-year commitment during the Vietnam Era. In 1969, he spent his active-duty time in the Sixth Fleet on the USS Massy, a World War II destroyer, as a Third-Class Petty Officer serving as the Educational Services Yeoman administering High School equivalency diplomas/training and putting out the ship’s newspaper. In 1976, Edward received his MBA from Long Island University and worked as a Bank Examiner at the FDIC for 38 years before his retirement in 2005.
Edward’s creatinine numbers began to climb and a biopsy on his kidneys found scar tissue. He has been a very active person – an avid tennis player, enjoys hiking and kayaking, playing pickle ball and golfing, even involved in community theater. He is not on dialysis yet, but with his numbers climbing and his kidney functioning plummeting, it is only a matter of time.
Edward and his wife Marilyn have been married for 51 years and have a son, a daughter, and five wonderful grandchildren. He and Marilyn are involved with Meals on Wheels in their local area and Edward has dedicated his life to helping others less fortunate than himself by visiting local nursing homes and providing a listening ear. When living in NY, he served on the committee to visit home-bound seniors for many years and has had two trips with Volunteers for Israel to work on a military base/hospital canceled twice, once for COVID-19 and then because of the recent conflict there.
Edward would love to continue his volunteering work, spend time with his family, and watch his grandchildren grow into adults. Will you help Edward continue his love of serving his family and serving others? Edward has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319.