Cancer survivor searching the roads for a kidney donor

Garrett Short
Created: December 04, 2020 06:21 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Six years after his fight with cancer, Rochester resident James Blum is looking for a kidney donor along the city's busiest roads.

Blum won his battle against cancer. However, the chemotherapy did a number on his kidneys. This March he was forced to begin dialysis, going to the clinic three times per week, each time taking three and a half hours.

"I don't want that for quality of life on me. The other problem is the life expectancy on somebody on dialysis nationally is only five years," Blum said.

So he decided to take the the streets with a sign, standing at the edge of the busiest roads in Rochester hoping for a donor to volunteer.

"It's up to me to try and get out there and make people aware of my need I guess. It would be like a light switch to tell you the truth. A light switch turning on with regard to a breath of freedom for my life," Blum said.

The 65-year-old says the idea of getting a kidney keeps him warm in the cold. He frequently gets offered money, but he refuses it and instead shows them his sign and tries to give them information about donating.

"It can't hurt and if anything, it's going to give the public more aware that there is a definite need for people needing kidneys," Blum said.

Blum is asking people that may be interested in donating a kidney or for more informartion on how it works to call him at 507-288-3856.


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