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In the summer of 2007, Boulder teen Kelsey Crider was diagnosed with Medullary Cystic Kidney Disease during a routine pre-college medical exam.

Since then she has, due to medical complications, suffered from two failed transplants; one from her father and the other from a dear family friend. Kelsey now undergoes a four hour long blood cleansing dialysis treatment three days a week while she attends college in Boulder.

Now the Crider family is expanding their search to find a suitable kidney for Kelsey. Because of her complex immune system, her need for a new kidney is greater than ever and with the waiting list extending to several years, time is not on her side. The family and her doctors hope to find several potential donors, who are in good health, have blood type O and have the time and inclination to see the process through. There is no risk or cost involved at this point.

For those who have it in their heart to be tested, there is a donor coordinator from University of Colorado Hospital in Denver by members of their Kidney Transplant Teaml who will keep all information confidential. While it is preferable to be tested here, for those who do not reside in Colorado, arrangements can be made to be tested at a facility in or near their hometown.

A year after donating one of his kidneys to his daughter, Steve Crider is in perfect health and is open to answering any of your questions at 303-530-2929 or

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