Each day, thousands of people—people just like you—are waiting for a second chance at life. Our network of generous donors, volunteers, and employees share our mission to educate and inspire others about the importance of organ and tissue donation, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the wait for those who are awaiting a lifesaving transplant here at home and across the United States.
The Chris Klug Foundation advocates for organ and tissue donation while inspiring those touched by transplantation.
Through our wide variety of programs, we reach tens of thousands of young people each year, equipping them with the facts of organ donation so they can make educated decisions.
The Chris Klug Foundation is committed to operating to the highest standards of accountability.
WHAT WE DO
The Chris Klug Foundation seeks to inspire people to register as organ donors and to provide hope and inspiration to those who are on the transplant waitlist or have already received an organ transplant.
The Chris Klug Foundation educates people across the United States about the importance of organ and tissue donation. We reach people from 9-90 years old through our events, educational curriculum, and volunteer opportunities.
The Chris Klug Foundation educates and inspires people across the United States to REGISTER as an organ donor and help save lives.
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.