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Astellas and The Chris Klug Foundation Recognize Extraordinary Transplant Recipients with Bounce Back, Give Back Awards

Awards will be presented in December at “Summit For Life” in Aspen, CO NORTHBROOK, IL. and ASPEN, CO., July 31, 2018 – Astellas, in collaboration with the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF), recently announced this year’s winners of the annual Bounce Back, Give Back Awards. The awards recognize two transplant recipients

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Hope Blooms

Valen Keefer is a blog writer for the Chris Klug Foundation. She sat down with Bryan to learn more about his book, Hope Blooms, and the creation of the Donate Life Float. It was our first New Year’s Day following our move from our home state of Pennsylvania to Northern California in

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The Waiting Zone

“It’s because you are sick. You may not look it, but you are. You have a 28 MELD score for a reason.” Hard words to swallow, but true. This is what my husband, Noah, said to me on the way home, as I sat in the passenger seat exhausted from

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Here’s to Passing the Spirit

Richie’s Spirit Foundation (RSF) is a New York City-based nonprofit that promotes organ donation to people of all ages through education awareness programs, grants to honor organ donor Richie Herskowitz’s memory, and by inspiring others to live with a positive spirit. Richie was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic

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Swimming Through Adversity

Valen Keefer is a blog writer for the Chris Klug Foundation. She interviewed Gavin to help tell his incredible story.  Take a deep breath, pause and exhale. Again, take a deep breath and now let that cleansing breath out. How did that feel? Relaxing? Rejuvenating? If your answer is “yes,”

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The Process

It takes patience, determination, organization and the will to survive to go through the process of getting on the liver transplant list and then waiting for a transplant. I’m in the trenches right now and telling myself that all of the work I’m putting into this will lead to healthier

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