TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan –
Marc Weiner, 53, is a cancer survivor and now a Billboard model.
Weiner needs a new kidney – and what better way to ask for a donor than Times Square, the intersection of the world?
"I adore life, life is the most precious, I do not want to die," says Weiner.
Two years ago, Weiner was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The doctors removed his bladder, both the kidneys and the prostate. He is now free of cancer, but three times a week he has to spend the day dialysis, which is crucial in order to stay alive.
A perfectly matched kidney donor would enable him to lead a life without dialysis and to become more active
"I am someone who is struggling with an illness but will overcome it, I am someone looking for a donor . "
Weiner spent three decades on television news, but says he must stop working this year because of his dialysis plan. He is married to a young daughter.
His wife's friend donated the 5,000-square-foot billboard on 47th Street, which costs $ 35,000 a month. The ad for a kidney came on Monday.
"The first answer was I was crying," said Weiner's wife, Lisa.
Weiner's digital request for a kidney runs eight times every hour. The billboard company that donated the space is ready to hold the ad until November in the hope that it will return Weiner, which took away Krebs.
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