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Niwot resident helps others while waiting for a kidney


Courtesy photo Jim Eastman spoke at the Donor Dash 5K run/walk on July 17 about his kidney disease and the hope he has of receiving a new one.

Although Jim Eastman, who’s lived in Niwot for 25 years, is waiting for a donor kidney, he’s still reaching out to help others in similar situations.

After being diagnosed with kidney disease 15 years ago, and witnessing his brother pass away from a brain bleed and donate his organs, Eastman (66) knew he wanted to get involved to give back to others. He became a donor advocate and speaker with the Donor Alliance and a kidney peer with the National Kidney Foundation.

“When I was first prescribed to go on dialysis, I wanted to talk to somebody,” Eastman explained of why he got invol...

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