Praying for a new kidney

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When Richard Lazovick joins other members of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa this week for the Jewish High Holy Days, he will look beyond atonement.  Lazovick, 52, is looking for a kidney.

His kidneys have been on the decline for several years. Two years ago, he was told he had over eight years.  Last October, it was revised to 18 months.  In January, it was determined he needed to start dialysis within a month, which he is currently doing himself at home.

Lazovick is a single dad to 12-year-old Joshua, who will have his Bar Mitzvah in December. He has a small home business, iTech Tutor, which helps others with the new technology. At this time, he is living mostly off savings.

"When he goes to Yom Kippur services this week, he will be praying for a new kidney," writes Larry Carlin, a friend.  "No doubt many Congregants will be praying on his behalf."

Lazovick is currently on the list for a kidney from a deceased donor, with an estimated wait of 8 years, but his friends also have mounted the search for a living donor. To learn more about their effort, call (707) 595-0866, email or visit

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