Santa Rosa father issues appeal to find a kidney donor

Santa Rosa resident Richard Lazovick, a single father, has launched a drive to find a kidney donor. He suffers from chronic kidney failure, requires regular dialysis and currently has less than 10 percent kidney function.

Diagnosed four years ago, Lazovick, 53, has been on a waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor, a wait that can last eight years. The wait could be considerably shorter if he were to find a living donor on his own.

Lazovick and his 13-year-old son, Joshua, belong to Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa. On his website, Lazovick notes that transplanting a kidney from a living donor has become a relatively common procedure, with potential matches determined by a questionnaire and simple blood test.

“The donor generally goes home from the hospital after a few days and returns to normal life,” he writes. “There are absolutely no financial responsibilities to the donor. The operation is fully paid for by my insurance.” 

For  information, contact Lazovick at rbl@sonic.net or (707) 595-0866, or go to www.akidneyforrichard.com.