Soccer Sam Fantauzzo (left), picture with Sebastian Curatolo. (Photo courtesy of Soccer Sam Fantauzzo)
Soccer Sam Fantauzzo will take over the Carl Faulk Show on Monday, but not all of the talk will be about sports.
Originally, the owner of Salvatore’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria and the Rochester Lancers was only going to about sports, but he will add something very special to his heart on the three-hour talk show on Fox Sports 1280 — finding a kidney donor for his best friend. The show runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
That would be about Sebastian Curatolo, a 58-year-old father of two who lives in Fairport, N.Y. who is a home builder.
After doing some research, Fantauzzo said that he “came to find out that finding an exact donor isn’t as easy as everyone thinks. So, I thought for tomorrow’s show, the three hours was to bring awareness to kidney donation or just bring donors in general and talk about him and how to help him find a donor.”
“Basically the theme of the show — we’ll talk about sports — but we want sports fans to become donors while theyre still alive. A lot of people donate in death, but not a lot of people donate while they’re alive. Once you get a new kidney, its amazing how your survival rate is [around] 90 percent.
“This process isn’t as easy as you would think. You get your blood work. You have the same blood type. It doesn’t always mean you’re a match.”
Curatolo and Fantauzzo have been best friends since their freshman year at Eastridge High School. He worked in Fantauzzo’s pizza business and eventually owned a pizza restaurant.
“Probably one of the hardest working guys I know,” Fantauzzo said.
Soccer Sam said he was best man at Curatolo’s wedding and is his daughter’s godfather.
“We’re close,” he said.
Curatolo even had a say in the indoor Lancers, who were established in 2011 and perform in the Major Arena Soccer League today.
“He was one of the right-hand guys who helped me put together a lot of the investor meetings and was there on my side at all times and helped me create the group we ended up having the in 2011,” Fantauzzo said.
People who are tested will receive a free pizza from Salvatore’s.
If someone is a match, he or she will get free pizza for life. Tony Gabriele, who owners a local car dealership, want to give that person a three-year free deal on a rent a car.