By writer to www.timesherald.com
COLLEGEVILLE — The marquee at Collegeville Italian Bakery Pizzeria Napoletana overlooking Ridge Pike can simply seize the eye of any driver.
Hopefully, the present message that Al Angelo is looking for a kidney donor will catch the attention of the fitting one that is prepared to sacrifice a kidney to assist save a life.
It labored as soon as, and the hope is that it’ll work once more.
“Al is an excellent buyer,” mentioned bakery co-owner Steve Carcarey. “He approached us just a few months in the past and mentioned ‘do you thoughts if I put a bit pamphlet in your foyer?’ We mentioned, completely, however that’s not going to do something. We have to submit it on our marquee and to do a social media submit and ask all 23,000 of our followers to share the submit. Al wanted a much bigger avenue to save lots of his life than placing a chunk of paper in our foyer.”
The bakery’s loyal prospects shared the submit, nevertheless it was the unique message on the marquee that caught the eye of a girl driving by who needed to assist.
Sadly, checks later revealed that she was not a great candidate for Angelo.
“She was somebody with an enormous coronary heart however she didn’t qualify. They’re very strict about who qualifies as a donor. They don’t need you to harm your self,” mentioned Angelo, a Norristown native who’s been dwelling in Collegeville since 1970. “She needed to assist somebody and was very disillusioned that she couldn’t donate a kidney.”
The plea for a donor went again up on the bakery’s marquee round July 12.
Angelo, who has had diabetes for 20 years, mentioned the illness was the reason for his decline in kidney operate.
“I’m on the verge of dialysis, however not there but. I’m anxiously searching for a transplant. When you could have diabetes you might have problems … it could be blindness, coronary heart assault, it could be kidneys or it could be foot amputation. There’s a plethora of signs that may come together with diabetes. With me it was the kidney. It’s a creeping illness that makes its presence identified someplace alongside the road.”
Instantly after commencement from Bishop Kenrick Excessive Faculty in 1963 Angelo joined the U.S. Navy.
“I used to be a seaman third class. I didn’t go to Vietnam however I used to be there throughout Vietnam,” he mentioned.
After serving within the Navy for 3 years, Angelo obtained married, labored as an electronics technician and raised a household in Collegeville.
“Once they grew up I made a decision to discover my passion of juggling and it grew right into a occupation as a magician,” mentioned Angelo, who cultivated his skilled renown as Juggler Al (juggleral.com), which stored him busy entertaining younger followers for years.
“I make little youngsters snort for a dwelling. I did that each weekend for the final 20 years and only recently have been turning jobs down as a result of I don’t have the stamina to do a full 45 minute efficiency. However as soon as I get my transplant I’ll come again and choose up my profession the place I left off,” he mentioned. “My request for a kidney is my combat and I’m in it to win. I need folks to name me and ask me questions. I need my quantity on the market and to be related.”
Contact Al Angelo at 610-716-7628.
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