Friend Gives Cancer-Stricken Father a Billboard in Times Square to Help Him Find a Kidney - NBC New York

Friend Gives Cancer-Stricken Father a Billboard in Times Square to Help Him Find a Kidney

Doctors removed Marc Weiner's kidneys after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2015, according to his website

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    NY Man Seeks Kidney Through Billboard in Times Square

    A cancer survivor is going big in Times Square in hopes of getting a kidney. Stacey Bell reports.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 31, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A Long Island man is using a billboard in Times Square to search for a kidney donor

    • Marc Weiner has had to undergo "debilitating" dialysis three times a week after his kidneys were removed to cure his bladder cancer

    • A kidney transplant would allow him to live longer and "resume work and activities," he said

    A Long Island man searching for a kidney donor hopes a billboard at the Crossroads of the World will speed up his search.

    A billboard in Times Square, near the TKTS staircase, bears a photo of Great Neck resident Marc Weiner and the URL to his website, www.HelpMarcFindAKidney.com.

    Weiner was diagnosed with “aggressive” bladder cancer in 2015 that eventually spread to both of his kidneys, according to his website. Doctors removed his kidneys and bladder to eliminate the cancer, but he’s now forced to undergo “debilitating dialysis three times every week,” he wrote on his site.

    “Receiving a kidney transplant would put my life on a positive path,” he wrote. “I’d be healthy, could resume work and activities, I could spend more time with family and friends.”

    Markus Schreiber/AP

    “And most importantly, it will allow me to live longer, since dialysis takes a tremendous toll on my body,” he added.

    Weiner works in television news and has a wife and 12-year-old daughter, according to his website.

    The billboard was donated to him by a friend. 

    “My illness does not define me,” he noted on his site. "Each day I push to be positive and make the best of what is not an easy situation."

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