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2020 BOUNCE BACK GIVE BACK AWARD WINNER: JOELLE ATKINSON

The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) recently announced the two winners of our annual Bounce Back Give Back Awards this year. The award recognizes two organ transplant recipients who exhibit an outstanding quality of life post-transplant, whether it is through career accomplishments, participation in sports or hobbies, or simply leading fulfilling

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Chasing After an Answer

Chase Harrison is a local resident of Aspen, Colorado, where the Chris Klug Foundation is based. CKF Program Manager, CC Cunningham, sat down with Chase last month to interview him for this story. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia. My family would take trips out to Colorado to ski when I

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The Strength of Two Sisters

Jude Skilton didn’t hesitate to step up as a donor when her sister, Jo, required a lifesaving kidney transplant. After running into several obstacles along the way, Jude was able to give the ultimate gift to her little sister: one of her kidneys and a second chance at life. When

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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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