MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT: DAVID LEIBOWITZ, 602-317-1414

RETIRED COP’S KIDNEY TRANSPLANT A SUCCESS; ‘ANGEL’ DONOR ALSO RECOVERING WELL;
TWO TOGETHER AT MAYO FOR 10/ 24 PRESS EVENT

BULLHEAD CITY SGT. MIKE NEWMAN NEEDED A MIRACLE;
VOLUNTEER KELLIE BOFF SAVED HIS LIFE

WHO: KIDNEY RECIPIENT MIKE NEWMAN; KIDNEY DONOR KELLIE BOFF; MAYO CLINIC TRANSPLANT SURGEON

WHEN: 11 AM, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012

WHERE: MAYO CLINIC HOSPITAL, 5777 E. MAYO BLVD., PHOENIX, 85054

Intersection of 56th Street and Mayo Boulevard, near the 101. Enter through main doors of Mayo Clinic Hospital and you will be directed to the Mayo Clinic Education Center.

Mike Newman, a longtime Bullhead City police sergeant, and Kellie Boff, the Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce operations director, once were no better than strangers. Not anymore. Now, through Kellie’s selflessness, they’ve become friends for the rest of Mike’s life.

Boff, 43, donated a kidney to Newman, a 57-year-old police retiree suffering from end stage renal failure. Now, just days after the successful transplant surgery, both recipient and donor have agreed to sit down for follow-up interviews with the Arizona media outlets who covered the story of this “angel” donation.

“I’m still in pain, but I’m doing great,” said Newman. “Kellie’s doing great, too. And I couldn’t be more grateful. She’s literally given me the gift of life.”

Also scheduled to be available for interviews are a surgeon from Mayo, which handled the transplant, and the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, which has conducted ongoing fundraising to help cover Mike and Kellie’s out-of-pocket expenses.

Interviews will begin promptly at 11 am. Please contact David Leibowitz at 602.317.1414 or david@leibowitzsolo.com with questions or to RSVP.