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Time to Transplant: Bella’s PSC Story

It all started when Bella Pacini was in first grade. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease in which the immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract. At the time of diagnosis, Bella’s doctors noticed that her liver enzymes were elevated and she would have to undergo additional

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Ain’t No Party Like a West Coast Party…with CKF!

CC Cunningham is the Program Coordinator for the Chris Klug Foundation. …’cause a West Coast [CKF] party don’t stop! And what a party it was! On September 19th, as part of our Patient Ambassador Program, sponsored by Astellas, the Chris Klug Foundation traveled to sunny San Diego, California to visit

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The Kidney Warrior Project

Lisa Emmott is the creator of the Kidney Warrior project, an effort to raise awareness about living organ donation while encouraging people to become living organ donors. Lisa and her husband, Neil, sat down with CKF to tell their story and talk about why living donation is so important. When

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CKF Honors Key Donors at Founders Circle Dinner

The evening of August 21st was a special night for the Chris Klug Foundation. The night marked CKF’s Fourth Annual Founders Circle Dinner; an event created to recognize and honor key stakeholders and supporters of the Foundation. The work of CKF is made possible largely because of the generous contributions

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No Greater Love

Brian Hinsley is one of CKF’s 2018 Bounce Back Award winners. Kim Hinsley is Brian’s wife and caretaker during his lifesaving liver transplant. I’m going to share Brian’s journey from my side, the caregiver’s side. Brian and I have been married for 22 years now. On our wedding day, we

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Living and Breathing a Love for Life

Samantha Rick is one of CKF’s 2018 Bounce Back Award winners. Samantha Rick was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a fatal genetic lung disease, when she was just three years old. Sam’s lung capacity slowly deteriorated as she got older and, at the age of 27, she was put on

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Riding for Life at 12,000 Feet

CC Cunningham is the Program Coordinator for the Chris Klug Foundation. The Chris Klug Foundation returned to the Leadville 100 MTB mountain bike race with a mighty team of thirteen—ten riders and three volunteers. Held in Leadville, Colorado every year for the past twenty-five years, the Leadville 100 MTB, or “Leadville

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Transplant Games or Bust!

CC Cunningham is the Program Coordinator for the Chris Klug Foundation. Earlier this month, the Chris Klug Foundation hit the road to attend the 2018 Transplant Games of America, a biannual, Olympics-style sporting event for individuals whose lives have been touched in some way by organ donation. Organized and sponsored

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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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