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Life at the End of the Rainbow

Written by Sarah Fisher, donor mother. Edited by CC Cunningham, CKF Program Manager. God’s plan for Cameron’s life has always been in His timing. While pregnant with Cameron, I went into labor three times before his actual due date. Cameron ended up being born three weeks early, on November 16th.

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How Receiving a Transplant Inspired a Career

Written by Alex Kula, liver transplant recipient. Edited by CC Cunningham, CKF Program Manager. Life is only as normal as we perceive it to be. Prior to any of my health challenges, my life almost felt too normal. I first noticed something was amiss when I was 15 years old,

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Living Donor Ironman

Steve Wilson is a living kidney donor who altruistically donated his kidney to a complete stranger in February this year. Three months prior to his donation surgery, he competed in the 2019 IRONMAN Arizona, a nearly 141-mile triathlon held in Tempe, AZ each year. Steve is currently training for the

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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. Edited by CC Cunningham, CKF Program Manager. 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

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On the Run in New York City

Written by CC Cunningham, CKF Program Manager. 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

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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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