Robert Martin is a Veteran who joined the Army in 1964 and served on gunships as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. After his three years of service, he attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and met Bonnie who was attending the University of Pittsburgh. They have been married for 54 years, raised two daughters and have four grandchildren. Robert worked in the Forest Service starting his career in Arizona, transferred to Idaho and ended his career in Washington, DC. He served in managerial positions for the US Aerial Firefighting Program until his retirement in 2001. From there he moved back to Idaho and managed the State's Airport System.
Due to Robert’s exposure to Agent Orange, he battled diabetes for 30 years, developed Hodgkin's Disease and landed in the hospital in November 2022 with kidney failure. He has been on dialysis since January 2023 and is in need of a living kidney transplant. He would love to get back to his life of enjoying golfing, hiking, walking, camping and gardening, and of course, being there for his family. He is limited physically but does what he can.
A living kidney donor would enable Robert to bypass the wait and gives him the best chance to live a longer life and to break free from dialysis. Kidney donation is safe for those who are medically cleared. Robert is working with a Veteran's organization (DOVETransplant) that will support all prospective donors throughout the process and ensure they incur no out of pocket expenses. To learn more about donation please click on the link below or call 551-449-8319. Please share this link far and wide to increase Robert's chance of finding his donor! Thank you.