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My Battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

It was October of 2008 when I got the call every man dreads. I had recently seen my family practitioner for a routine check-up. The call that followed was not the one expected, instead, the doctor indicated there were some numbers that did not look right and we needed to

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“Say Yes To Life” – A Rainbow of Hope

I gasp with excitement every time I see a rainbow. There is something so magical about unexpectedly spotting an arched array of colors in the sky. It feels as though I am receiving a gift from nature and I can’t help but feel hopeful, inspired and full of wonder. My

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Their Son’s Liver Went To Me

When I was a college sophomore I was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, a hereditary illness that meant that my body did not metabolize copper. Instead, copper that I ingested in food and water would migrate to my liver or brain. It could be treated with drugs and diet. I seized

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“Say YES to Life” – The Meaning of MELD

“Shouldn’t God decide that?” I love this innocent and sweet comment that my infusion nurse said to me when I was describing how the liver transplant wait list works. All of this is new to me, so I’m still learning. However, since going through the liver transplant evaluation process, I

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Do You Know Why You Should Become An Organ Donor?

Organ Donation Awareness Do you know why you should become an organ donor? My name is Azalee Hoffbauer and throughout this school year, I have been hosting monthly educational groups at Cedaredge High School to answer this question. By becoming an organ donor, one person can save eight lives after

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Astellas Teams Up with The Chris Klug Foundation on the Bounce Back, Give Back Award to Recognize Extraordinary Transplant Recipients

Nominations now being accepted for the award, which will be presented in December at a special event in Aspen, Colorado   Northbrook, IL., and Aspen, CO., April 1, 2018 – Astellas Pharma US, Inc., in partnership with the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF), is pleased to sponsor the fifth annual Bounce

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My Life Was About To Change Forever.

On February 4, 2011, just got home from dialysis. Exhausted, I decided to watch some TV with my daughter before heading to bed. The show ends and I was heading to bed. As I get into the bedroom, the phone rang, but I wasn’t able to answer on time, so

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I Could Barely Walk, Eat, Breathe, Think

My name is Cheyenne and I’m 22 Years old and on dialysis. I was diagnosed with kidney failure after my first year of college, and after that, my life changed. I left UCSD and moved to a new county where my parents were. I eventually got so sick that I

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Women and Kidney Disease

Waiting and being patient aren’t always easy virtues. Think of when you’re sitting at a red light and you find yourself becoming impatient and tapping your fingers on the steering wheel. Or, how about when you are at the Starbucks drive-thru and all you can think about is getting your

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I Remember My Sister Saying “We Still Have Her.” 

I was diagnosed with beginning kidney failure in 1994.  My GP saw an unusual amount of protein in my urine in a routine urinalysis and sent me to a nephrologist. He did a biopsy and diagnosed me with FSG (focal glomerulitis sclerosis). At that point, I was at 35% kidney

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