Nicolas and Sharon Need Our Help

Nicolas and Sharon Need Our Help
I'm raising money to help Nicolas Bloom and Sharon Goldblatt. I worked with Nicolas and Sharon at Frontier Geosciences and Studio Geochimica, two analytical and research laboratories that they owned and operated. Nicolas was an important mentor to me and he has made significant contributions to the field of biogeochemistry of mercury and trace metals in the environment over the past 30 years. Unfortunately, Nicolas is facing life threatening and disabling health conditions and Sharon is spending her time taking care of him. This situation has left Nicolas and Sharon bankrupt and they are living on social security disability. They are currently in need of a zero-gravity wheelchair ($7,700) and two zero-gravity chairs for Nicolas ($4,500 each). These will allow Nicolas to move outside of his bedroom where he now spends the majority of his time. Additional funds raised would be put towards a van with a wheelchair lift ($34K) and a disability bathtub ($15K including installation). 

Nicolas and Sharon’s Health and Current Life
Nicolas’ health has been in decline since 2001 and he has been struggling with advanced arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and degenerative disc disease, and tertiary Lyme disease which cause him severe pain and disability. Nicolas has narcolepsy and epilepsy too, which make life extremely difficult and have led to falls and other physical injuries. Nicolas is also struggling with severe and disabling gastrointestinal issues that developed because of a faulty colon surgery in 2013. As a result of these conditions, he is bed-ridden (spending all of his time on his back in a zero-gravity chair), in pain, unable to work, and progressively getting worse. Sharon spends her time caring for Nicolas, while also struggling with clinical depression. 

How you Can Help

You can help by sharing this to your social network and contributing what funds you can. Let us help give Nicolas the mobility to be with his family. Please help support Nicolas and Sharon during this time of need.

Nicolas and Sharon’s Achievements and Contributions
Together Nicolas and Sharon created two analytical and research laboratories, Frontier Geosciences and Studio Geochimica, that provided cutting edge science, were artistic in design and practice, and created an academic and familial working atmosphere. They ensured the well-being of their employees by providing very progressive benefits and they also gave back to their community. They provided free analytical services to many organizations, such as Greenpeace and the Seattle Times (for investigative reporting), allowed graduate students to use their facilities for free, offered free public educational seminars, helped other laboratories (including competitors) get started and solve ongoing problems, and instituted and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of profits on inter-laboratory quality assurance/quality control exercises to help laboratories achieve a higher, more uniform level of data quality. 

While they owned and operated Frontier Geosciences and Studio Geochimica, they also raised two children, Naomi and Isaac. Sharon’s passion lies in making jewelry, although her aspirations in jewelry design and fabrication have been impeded by Nicolas’ health issues. Nicolas' passion lies in science. Nicolas developed sampling and analytical techniques necessary to quantify a wide range of trace metals in seawater at ambient concentrations. He also devised analytical techniques to allow the speciation of mercury at sub-picogram levels.



Donations ()

  • Rebecca Timson 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 20 mos
  • Brian Adair 
    • $250 
    • 20 mos
  • Angus McGrath 
    • $50 
    • 20 mos
  • Naomi Goldblatt-Bloom 
    • $400 
    • 20 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jennifer Parker 
Organizer
Seattle, WA
Nicolas Bloom 
Beneficiary
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