I do this w some reluctance bc I like to draw the line between the public and the personal. Our world's too often a television interview program where people are judged churlish if they as yet are wont to draw distinctions between public and private life. And yet for love and necessity this is a moment when I cross the line.

About twenty years back I had a renal transplant, an operation I knew I’d need for a good while before that and my terrific sister donated a kidney to me. She and I are well. Now, my wife of nearly 40 years needs a renal transplant as well. She, too, is otherwise in very good health.

Now…as she has Type O Blood, her doctors have recommended that we put out the word as widely as we might for a Type O donor because when you’re a Type O, you may only get a transplant-kidney from another Type O...and it’s ironic bc while Type Os can donate universally, Type Os may only receive organs from other Type Os.

She is not ill yet but we know organ donation works best when the recipient is as yet well and before dialysis is needed and transplants work better w a live kidney donor. So her doctors have asked us to overcome what reluctance we have about blurring our public and private lives, announce her need of a Type O donor wherever we can, and I can do that here, in this email, on my radio program, in other venues.

Now…this is important: the good news for the donor is that these operations have gone on for 70 years now and are very safe…and all the donor’s expenses are paid for by the recipient’s medical insurance.

If you or someone you know is in good health and might consider this, no matter where you/they may live, let me know, write me at this email address or at And I trust we’ll hear from serious-minded people only.



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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 7, 2017 at 4:59am

Good Thursday to all.

Comment by lorianne on December 7, 2017 at 7:10am

J - UGH! I'm sorry your family has to go through this.  May I share this via FB and Twitter?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 7, 2017 at 7:23am

Pls share as widely as you are able...and thank you. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 7, 2017 at 1:38pm

My 14 year old granddaughter got a kidney at age three.  Although not a perfect life - anti-rejection drugs, frequent trips to the nephrologist etc. - it is much better than her life was on dialysis.  Her kidney came from a 23 y/o accident victim who had the grace and generosity to mark her driver's license "organ donor".  The transplant surgeon worked 24 hours harvesting her organs and then transplanting them into four recipients.

Organs seem to go to the youngest first.  It's the best use, but seems cruel to the aging person in kidney failure.  Our daughter reserved one of her dineys for the eventual replacement that will be needed for a daughter who is no longer a small child.

Best of luck to your friend, jon.  Let us know how it goes.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 7, 2017 at 1:41pm

Thanks, Rod. As she's a Type O, she will be considered whenever an O becomes available in our region.

Comment by Phibby Venable on December 8, 2017 at 4:42am

I'm so sorry for all your family is going through, and pray that a kidney is found quickly.

Will share this! 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 8, 2017 at 4:46am

Thank you!

Comment by koshersalaami on December 8, 2017 at 5:12am

That's a lot to deal with. I hope her blood type moves her up on the list for some donors.

That driver,s license designation matters. When my nephew died earlier this year, unbeknownst to his parents he's checked that box. He was in a vegetative state on life support first so his organs were in good shape when taken. He saved three lives. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 8, 2017 at 5:34am

Sorry about your nephew, kosh.  When my daughter let us know our granddaughter was getting a kidney her prearranged communication was to text, "We're going to Phoenix".  When my wife got the text she started crying and explained, "Someone has died."

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 8, 2017 at 5:43am

Kosh   that is really good.


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