So far, about 20 people have called Gentile to inquire about donating a kidney. All he can do, however, is tell them more about himself and his medical condition and direct them to the hospital for screening. The hospital can only tell him if they’re testing someone as a potential donor, so he has no way of knowing how many people have actually gotten screened.
One of those potential donors was Loveland resident John Muenzer, who noticed Gentile’s signs while driving to visit his son’s grave.
“I’ve been in business for 37 years, I have my own company, but have I really done something for somebody other than raising my kids and trying to be a good community member?” he said.
Muenzer said he felt like his deceased son was trying to communicate with him, and after reflecting in the cemetery, decided to call Gentile about donating.
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“(These days) everyone in the country is hit with so much negativity every damn day, and we only worry about ourselves,” Muenzer said. “When I was growing up in the ’60s and ’70s in a small town in Ohio, it wasn’t like that; there was a sense of community. We need to take a step back and try to help people.”
Muenzer’s past history of kidney stones, however, disqualified him from being a donor.
Gentile said he remains “absolutely hopeful” that he will find a donor.
“I know there’s somebody out there,” Gentile said. “I have to find the right person, but I have all the faith and hope that I will find someone.”