Malaysia Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Seeking Kidney Match
By Erica Burman on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
From time to time people reach out to the National Peace Corps Association for support when they fall upon difficult circumstances. In the interest of providing support to a community member in a time of need, we would like to draw attention to Norman Sapoznik (Malaysia 1967-1969). He is currently suffering renal failure and is reaching out to the Peace Corps community for support.
After Peace Corps service, I became a successful art director, film producer, New York City high school teacher in Media Arts, father and grandfather…all that is impossible now with dialysis looming over the horizon. I would sorely love to continue teaching but I need that kidney to do so. I am 66 years old, my mother is 93 and my grandfather lived to 97 and his aunt lived to 103. But this kidney failure has cut into my chances for a normal life and I could easily continue teaching for another 10 years but NOT without a functioning kidney. I am registered at Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Organ Transplant Hospital in NYC, I am type A blood but EXACT matching is not necessary with “kidney exchange” programs.