I’m Rob Whitestone, and I need a kidney to live. Asking for a kidney is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
I was born in Schenectady, NY. Moved to Dalton, Massachusetts when I was two. After college, we settled in New Jersey.
I attended Rutgers University (Go Scarlet Knights!) I received my MBA from Rutgers as well. I met my beautiful wife Carolyn while we both worked at Mutual Benefit Life Insurance. We have been married for 50 years! We have three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter, and five beloved grandchildren! The pride and joys of my life!
I have owned my own Pension and Administration business since 1989 and it is still going today!
Being an active person, I coached soccer for my 3 children all throughout their childhood. I attended all my kid's baseball, soccer, and basketball games.
I also love to attend as many sports games as possible for my grandchildren who live in different states! They keep me hopping!
I am a season ticket holder for Rutgers Football, Basketball, and Wrestling (Go Scarlet Knights!). Every year my 2 sons and I visit a different MLB ballpark. We have done 18 out of 30 so far. I absolutely love spending time with my kids and grandchildren. I also enjoy attending and being involved in my Church. I’m an avid swimmer too!
Volunteering and Fundraising have been themes throughout my life. I have played active roles in The US Jaycees, Lion's Club, and my Church. I am very involved in various aspects of the church administration which includes the vestry, finance committee, stewardship, and acolyte training. I recently received an award from the Diocese for life service to the parish which I am very honored and humbled to have received.
I was diagnosed with Kidney Disease April 2021. The main cause of my kidney disease is High Blood Pressure. I had been doing monthly blood tests for over a year but recently we do every 2 weeks due to the inflated numbers.
Sadly, I have started dialysis. I take Procrit Injections monthly which are given to reduce or avoid the need for red blood cell transfusions. I have had a few family members attempt to become donors. Unfortunately, they were not viable live donors.
I want to continue to dedicate my time to volunteering and being involved in my church and community and being of service to others.
I want to be able to see my youngest grandchildren graduate high school
I want to be able to see all 30 baseball stadiums with my 2 boys.
I want to see all 3 of my children continue to succeed in life with their goals and families.
I want to travel with my wife to places that we have not been able to see but will once I am officially retired.
I want to spend my 60th wedding anniversary with my beloved wife. I can do all this if I find my angel willing to donate a kidney.
By sharing my story and website to your group of family and friends, you help to increase the number of people who may consider kidney donation.
You can also support me and other patients in need of a transplant by being screened to become a kidney donor by completing a referral form at SBMCLivingDonor.org or call the Living Donor Institute at 973-322-5346. I am registered with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center | Living Donor Institute. The questionnaire is confidential. Only health professionals on the Living Donor Team will use your information. Your information will not be shared with the transplant candidate or others.
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