Living Kidney Donor Sought for Jewish Boulderite 

Jeff Blumenfeld from Boulder has been committed to helping others for most of his life. He’s been to Nepal on two cataract missions, volunteered in Antarctica, and wrote two books – one on voluntourism, the other on expedition funding. He volunteers as president of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, chairs the Rocky Mountain chapter of The Explorers Club, and is a long-time board member of the leading 9/11 victims advocacy group. For 27 years he’s supported exploration through a free newsletter and website:

Why am I posting about him? Now he needs our help. After a 13-year battle, he learned recently that he’s going to need a kidney transplant from a living donor, otherwise the wait from a deceased donor is five years at least. He passed a battery of tests at University of Colorado Health, and has also been registered with the Miami Transplant Institute, and New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine Transplant Center. He’s also been accepted into the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

If you or someone you know might be able to help, start with one of these confidential questionnaires from UC Health Transplant Center in Denver:

or if more convenient, the Miami Transplant Institute:

He’s also registered with New York-Presbyterian:


Jeff’s Medicare pays the donor’s medical expenses, including a full physical and lab tests to ensure the donor is healthy. 

For information from the National Kidney Foundation on being a living donor see:

How safe is being a living donor? Very. Read this from the Mayo Clinic:

Please share this living donor search with your Facebook friends and let’s help Jeff keep up the good work. He can be reached at

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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