Foundation of CKF

History

Chris Klug is a three-time Olympic snowboarder and the only organ transplant recipient to win a medal in any Olympics. After receiving a liver transplant in 2000 to treat primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare degenerative condition, he was back on the slopes in four months.

After receiving a liver transplant in 2000 to treat primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare degenerative condition, he was back on the slopes in four months and 9 months later brought home a medal from the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Chris founded the Chris Klug Foundation in 2003. Today we reach tens of thousands of young people by INSPIRING, EDUCATING and REGISTERING people with our message of #LiveLifeGiveLife.

Mission

Chris Klug Foundation advocates for organ and tissue donation, and inspires those touched by transplantation.

Through our programs we reach tens of thousands of young people each year, equipping them with facts about organ donation so they can make educated decisions.

 

 

 

Accountability

The Chris Klug Foundation is committed to operating to the highest standards of accountability, transparency and ethics. We seek to earn your trust by sharing information on how we operate and use donated dollars to achieve our mission. The following details reflect our commitment to donors, volunteers and the people we serve.

History

Chris 10hrs after surgeryChris Klug was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) in 1991, a rare degenerative bile duct condition. The only cure is a liver transplant. Chris was on the transplant waiting list for six years, three months at a critical state.

During that fragile time he vowed that if he made it through, he would do everything he could to help make a difference for the thousands of individuals waiting for a second chance at life like he had. Finally, Chris received his lifesaving liver transplant July 28, 2000.

Only 18 months after his transplant Chris won a Bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics! The following year Chris started this foundation to help save lives and promote a healthy, active life post transplant. Founded in October of 2003, The Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation.

Our Mission

  • Inspire

    The Chris Klug Foundation seeks to inspire people to register to be organ donors and to give inspiration and hope to those who are on the waitlist or have already received a transplant.

  • Educate

    The Chris Klug Foundation educates people from across the United States about the importance of registering to be an organ donor. We reach people from 9-90 years old through our events, educational curriculum, and volunteer opportunities.

  • Register

    The Chris Klug Foundation educates and inspires people across the United States to REGISTER to become an organ donor and to help save lives.