May 2013 ECMC

Mark Schifferle donated a kidney to Robert Murphy in May 2013 at ECMC. Mark lives in Wheatfield, Robert on Buffalo’s East Side.

Mark had been thinking about becoming a living donor when he was inspired by another Kidney Connection success story he saw featured on TV. Mark wanted to choose a Vietnam Veteran to receive his kidney, explaining, “Because I easily could have been there myself. I was 14 numbers away from being drafted, but for the grace of God I could have easily been there myself. I’m not doing this for any other reason than to help somebody and put that war to rest.”

Robert’s bio on the Kidney Connection said in part:  “I graduated from East High School and went into the Army and was in Vietnam from 1967 to ’68, I received the Purple Heart and the bronze star. I am an active member of Calvary Episcopal Methodist Church, I enjoy fishing and playing pool. “I am grateful for all I have and hope that I will be given an opportunity for a second chance through a new kidney. Thank you for reading my profile.”

Robert was on dialysis for four and a half years–three and a half hours, three days a week, tethered to a machine to stay alive. With Mark’s generous gift of a kidney, Robert no longer needs dialysis. Both men were interviewed and their story was featured on WGRZ TV. They have become great friends, sharing a love of fishing.  Said Robert, “I can’t say enough about him. He’s a great guy, it’s like a miracle you know?” And Mark, “It puts the last piece in place, it was a no- brainer picking him, it’s just been a dream come true.”