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We Are Looking For A Hero!

***UPDATE***As of September 3rd, Bill Knichel received his new kidney! His daughter Kandy was fortunately a match and graciously donated to her father. Both are recovering well and in good health. Thank you to all who reached out.

More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease and unfortunately our founder, William "Bill" Knichel, is one of those 26 million Americans. He is currently on a wait-list for a kidney transplant, but time is of the essence.

We are looking for a hero!Kristy and Bill

If you are a generally healthy man or woman between the ages of 18-55 and would consider donating a kidney to me, you could be that hero that saves my life. I have lived with severe chronic kidney disease/failure for the last 4+ years. The fatigue and depression, combined with other side effects has been debilitating. As I approach the end of my journey, my options are simple. Either I am able to find a kidney donor to save my life or not. Slowly, I am running out of time. I need your help.

There are two ways to make this happen:

  1. If you are a compatible blood type and pass the physical, you can donate one of your kidneys to me.
  2. If you are not a compatible blood type, you can still donate your kidney to me through the share program. That is where your kidney goes to someone else, in my name, and I then get a compatible kidney at the same time you donate yours.

My blood type is A+. Compatible blood types are A+, AB+, A-, O-, O+. You cannot have had cancer in the last 3-4 years, nor have had a major disease to be a donor. To get more information you can click on

You can also call 412-647-5800 to talk to a transplant coordinator. It is very important that you say you are interested in donating to “William (Bill) Knichel” as a direct donor or via the share program.

All expenses or lost work time will be reimbursed or covered by insurance. The process is usually 2-4 days in the hospital, and depending on the type of work you do, a 1-4-week home stay before you can return to work. You can live anywhere in the United States to participate in this lifesaving program.

If you would like to talk to me further about this, please do not hesitate to call me at the telephone number below. Thank you for your consideration.

Bill Knichel

My Career in the Transportation Industry:

After finishing up service with the military in 1972, I worked in construction and the restaurant and bar industry while continuing my education. In 1974, I was offered a sales position with the KCS Railroad. While at KCS, I trained in operations in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest and then moved back to NYC in a sales position until I was offered a position with the MKT Railroad. Within a year, I was transferred to Pittsburgh in 1980 along with a promotion to Sales Manager. As the company’s top salesperson, I was promoted again in 1982 to Regional Sales Manager overseeing 5 offices. In 1986, the MKT Railroad was bought by the Union Pacific Railroad and my new position was meant to be in Omaha, NE. As a single father of three, I turned the position down to remain in Pittsburgh with my family. I then accepted a position with National Piggyback in sales, and in 1996 was offered my own franchise office with a competitor. That was the true start of Knichel Logistics as it is known today. In 2006, I stepped aside after 32 years in the industry and promoted my daughter Kristy to CEO and President. I then gifted a portion of the business to my three children, who have guided the company through significant growth in the last 13 years. Currently, I retain the title of Chairman and provide guidance and consulting as well as acting as a good will ambassador.