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Englewood residents Sandy Bilsky and his wife of 22 years, Anne, loved to travel prior to Sandy needing a kidney transplant. ENGLEWOOD — A man who saved three people from drowning, Sandy Bilsky is now trying to save his own life. The 78-year-old was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. His kidneys don’t filter wastes and excess fluids from his blood, causing electrolytes and waste to build up in his body. As a result he spends half of his time in dialysis. “My system isn’t doing well with that,” he said. “To survive, I need a kidney donor — quickly. While I am registered with Tampa General and The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, I’ve been told it’s a five-year wait with 100,000 people in front of me. I won’t make it.” With end-stage renal disease, a patient often needs dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to stay alive. Bilsky has been battling the disease since April of 2019. “I’m not looking for money, food — I am looking for help saving my life,” said the retired real estate senior negotiator. “We found out my kidneys weren’t functioning through blood tests. I have hypertension. When you negotiate for the largest private real estate company in the world, that puts a little bit of stress on the body. “I had a very busy business career and on airplanes three, four, five days a week,” he said. “I didn’t have diabetes or heart disease, which are the main causes for kidney failure. […]