www.Kidney.org, www.KidneyFoundation.com, www.NKFI.org, www.StatenIslandRotary.com, www.LaBellaSI.com

Stephanie Giorgio and Nicole Columbia co-host a dinner to help raise awareness of kidney disease.



A young Great Kills father with another baby on the way was in desperate need of a kidney to live, and no one in his family provided a match.
But, finally, after two years of illness, dialysis and efforts as an advocate for organ donations, Robert J. Columbia had a surgery date.
His new kidney would come as the result of an intricate chain of donations and transplants, beginning with his sister donating hers to another in need.
Surgery for the 36-year-old was set for Aug. 23.
But then, there was a glitch: One of the donors became ill and the transplant needed to be postponed.
While the new surgery date of Sept. 17 was only about three weeks away, the delay, for Robert, was a deadly turn of fate.
He didn't make it.
The man who founded an organ donation awareness organization, died on Aug. 31, just hours after entering the hospital. 









When it comes to Pizza, La Bella’s is the place on Staten Island.  The carefully prepared complex ingredients that go into every La Bella Pizza will have your taste buds dancing with delight, because La Bella’s is very New York and Very Italian. 4126 Hylan Blvd, SI, NY 10308

When the call came in for a photographer to cover a non-profit event and that they didn't have money to pay, I didn't think anything of it.   What else is new.   Give me or one of my photographers a dinner and a letter of donation and Fine Art Fotos will help out.  As it turns out as a member of the International Rotary we are actually in the process of raising money for the Columbia family!   What a pleasure it was to meet, comfort and share their pain a little.

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