"In 2010, Sal’s life and health took an unexpected turn after attending a health fair screening. He learned he had high blood pressure and was immediately referred to a doctor who, after many tests, determined that he had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS, a rare disease that causes serious kidney damage.
Three years later Sal was diagnosed with stage 2 kidney damage and by 2017 he was at stage 4. By the spring of 2018, his doctors at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) recommended he undergo a transplant soon, rather than wait until he had to go on dialysis.
With a kidney donated by his wife Nancy, Sal had a transplant at P/SL’s Kidney Transplant Center in April 2018."