Chris Klug is a three-time Olympic snowboarder and the only organ transplant recipient to win a medal in any Olympic Games.
In 1991, Chris was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare degenerative bile duct condition that affects the liver. The only known cure is a liver transplant. Chris remained on the transplant waitlist for six years, the last three months of which were spent in a critical state. During this fragile time, Chris vowed that, if he made it through, he would do everything he could to make a difference for the thousands of individuals who, like him, were waiting for a second chance at life. Chris finally received his lifesaving liver transplant on July 28, 2000.
Only 18 months after his transplant, Chris took home a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The following year, he founded the Chris Klug Foundation to help save lives and promote a healthy, active lifestyle post-transplant. Founded in October 2003, the Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by organ donation.