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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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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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