Mac Wilkins seeks kidney donor for sports legend Gideon Ariel

Gideon threw in Rome and Tokyo.

Gideon threw in Rome and Tokyo.

Gideon Ariel, a two-time Olympian for Israel (1960 and 1964), is better-known as a sports scientist who helped Mac Wilkins (1976 Olympic discus champion, 1984 silver) and Al Oerter in his 40s. Now he’s in desperate need of help himself. He must get a new kidney. Mac, now coaching at the Olympic Training Center near San Diego, says via email: “My dear friend of 35 years now has end-stage kidney disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type O. He is working with Renewal, a remarkable nonprofit organization. They have found an email campaign to be an effective technique and it’s best to cast as wide a net as possible. Therefore, I am sending each of you this message in the hope that you may know of someone who is able and willing to make the incredible gift of donating a kidney in order to save a life.” Gideon was on David Letterman many years ago.

Mac’s letter continues:

To learn how you can save a life or for more information about kidney donation, contact Renewal at 718-431-9831 or email Renewal’s website is

All inquiries to Renewal are strictly confidential and without any obligation. They can also put you in touch with others who have donated a kidney and are willing to share their experience.

Gideon and his daughters.

Gideon and his daughters.

All medical costs for evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance.

Given that self-medicate is unacceptable, especially in pediatric, many people are worried about side effects and drug addiction, as well as a withdrawal syndrome. But, reviews about are mostly positive.

Ancillary costs such as travel expenses and lodging, may be covered by Renewal.

Please send this post to people with whom you email.

You never know whether or not there is someone who will respond to this urgent need.

Gideon is a two time Olympian, a discus thrower. Of course.

But he is better known as the Father of Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement.

This is what athletes use to correct flaws and perfect the most efficient movement for their sport.

Gideon’s analysis helped me dramatically improve my discus technique.

Gideon’s software is available to schools at no cost.

This is how coaches can use high speed cameras, computers and Gideon’s software to “see” what they can’t see with their naked eyes.

This is also how people with prosthetics naturalize and correct their walking gates after losing a limb.

Gideon’s story is a work in progress, literally and literarily.

Gideon has contributed so much to so many people.

And he has so much work left to do!

Thanks for your help,


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December 5, 2015

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  1. Stephen Cohen - December 12, 2015

    I competed against Gideon, I believe, at the 1961 Maccibiah Games. I wish him and his family with the best of luck in his quest for a kidney. I hope his gift during this Hannukah season will be the availability of a donor.

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