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Tackling Marathons After Transplant

Fred Girscht is a kidney/pancreas transplant recipient who ran the TCS New York City Marathon with the Chris Klug Foundation in 2013. I developed Type 1 diabetes in 1980—that’s really where my story begins. I had just turned 24. Of course, me being young and stupid, I hadn’t taken care of

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New tax refund donation option

Chris Klug Foundation could benefit from new state income tax refund donation option   This year, Coloradans will have a chance to donate from their state income tax refund to a local nonprofit they trust like the Chris Klug Foundation. Through the new Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit program, taxpayers

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From Sharing a Desk to Sharing a Liver

Written by John Paulsen, liver transplant recipient from living donor One spring day during my junior year of high school, the usual lunchtime banter was abruptly interrupted by one of my friends exclaiming, “Oh my god, Paulsen—your eyes are yellow!” This initial discovery led to months of concern and confusion,

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On the Run in New York City

CKF has returned from our trip to the East Coast this past weekend and it still feels like we’re running on marathon adrenaline and sidewalk vendor hot dogs! On Friday, we kicked off the exciting weekend by visiting Mount Sinai Hospital as part of our nationwide Patient Ambassador Tour, sponsored

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Running for a Cause: PSC & Liver Transplant Awareness

Jay Bernheisel is a liver transplant recipient and one of ten runners on the Chris Klug Foundation’s 2019 TCS New York City Marathon team. He will also be accompanying and speaking on behalf of CKF as they travel to Mount Sinai Hospital and the New Jersey Sharing Network headquarters during

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Teen’s Mission to Register More NY Organ Donors

Tim Brennan is a senior at Regis High School in New York City. He is also a passionate advocate for organ donation whose family is closely tied to the transplant community. He is the editor of The Falcon, a sports newspaper at his school, and the co-host of a sports

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“You Are Not Alone” – San Diego Patient Ambassador Visit

Valen Keefer is one of the Chris Klug Foundation’s (CKF) Patient Ambassadors and speaks on behalf of the foundation, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and organ donation. Valen traveled to San Diego with CKF as part of the organization’s annual Patient Ambassador Tour, presented by Astellas Pharma, to speak with transplant

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Amputee Gives Life Through Anonymous Kidney Donation

We were recently introduced to 33-year-old Tyler Coleman, a living kidney donor and below-knee amputee who anonymously donated one of his kidneys earlier this year. Our Program Manager, CC Cunningham, had the pleasure of chatting with Tyler about his altruistic kidney donation after they both ran in Donor Alliance’s Donor

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Early Liver Transplant Recipient Shares His Story

In 1990, after living with cirrhosis for years, Charlie Scott was introduced to Dr. Thomas Starzl, the first person to perform liver transplantation in humans. When Dr. Starzl told him about this risky new procedure, Charlie figured he had nothing to lose. 29 years later, Charlie is still going strong

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A Night of Thanks & Celebration

It was incredibly special to have the Chris Klug Foundation’s top donors, key stakeholders, and supporters all together in one room at our fifth annual Founders’ Circle dinner this past Thursday night to celebrate and recognize their contributions. Over 80 friends of the foundation joined us for this honorary tradition

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