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Sergeant Robert “Bob” Deatherage is an Air Force veteran enlisted in 1974 and became an electronics spy doing morse code interception known as a “ditty bopper”. He had morse code systems operator training at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, was shipped to San Vito dei Normanni Air Station in southern Italy for 18 months, and then to Laughlin AFB Annex in Texas.

After serving four years, Bob graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing at York College in PA and started his career selling insurance and cars. He went on to work for the Commonwealth of PA Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Health and retired as a Budget Analyst after 28 years of service in 2020.

Since retirement, Bob has worked off and on for the state helping to rebuild the office he worked for.
Bob and his wife Joni have been married for 44 years and have a daughter Lani, who is one of his “angels” helping with his campaign to find a donor. His kidney failure was diagnosed in 2020 and began dialysis in January 2023 after an ER visit and hospital stay. He has been on mission trips to Guatemala, White Oak, TN, and War, WV helping those less fortunate. Bob is a Dallas Cowboys and Indy car racing fan; he would love to get back to traveling - going to a hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, to visit Sedona, AZ, and the Grand Canyon. Will you help Bob receive a transplant by sharing his story or by considering becoming a living kidney donor?

Bob 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 551-233-1611.

Robert Deatherage

Air Force Veteran

Interested in Becoming a DOVE Donor?
Click the button below to learn more about the process and eligibility requirements.

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