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The Most Important Lesson My Brother Taught Me…

Christy Setzke is a donor sister from Wisconsin. Her brother, Todd, was an organ donor after his passing. Christy now advocates on behalf of organ & tissue donation. Most recently, she hosted a Donor Dudes event at Ashland High School in which she spoke to 11th and 12th-grade Medical Science

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Kicking Off Our 2019 Patient Ambassador Tour!

2019 is well underway, which means another year of our nationwide Patient Ambassador Tour! Last Wednesday, we kicked off the 2019 Tour, presented by Astellas Pharma, right here in our home state of Colorado, where we visited two hospitals in the Denver area. To honor National Pediatric Transplant Week, our

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A Living Act of Kindness

Jordan is Hudson’s mother and organ donation advocate. My son, Hudson, was born on October 27th, 2016 with a condition called heterotaxy. At ten days old, he underwent surgery to prevent bowel mal-rotation and, while operating, an exploratory search revealed Hudson’s liver was shaped abnormally, had an unusual color, and

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It’s Not About the Cards You Are Dealt; It’s About How You Play Your Hand

Jacob Ragland is a liver transplant recipient and college student at the University of Tennessee. At my high school, every senior is required to recite a personal talk in front of the entire student body and staff. This task was in the back of my mind going into my senior

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The Chris Klug Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Bounce Back, Give Back Awards to Recognize Extraordinary Transplant Recipients

The Chris Klug Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Bounce Back, Give Back Awards 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   Aspen, CO., April 1, 2019 – The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF)

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Getting the Facts in the Garden State

CC Cunningham is the blog writer and Program Manager for the Chris Klug Foundation. Last week, I traveled to the sunny (though not so warm) Jersey Shore to attend the 2019 New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s annual conference. I know, it’s a mouthful. That’s why

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Having a Ball at BBYO

CC Cunningham is the blog writer and Program Manager for the Chris Klug Foundation. Where do I even begin?! This was CKF’s first year attending the BBYO International Conference and we went into it not knowing what to expect. BBYO is a self-described “movement” that brings together Jewish teens around the

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Working and Winning at Aspen’s Winter X Games

Another year at CKF and another Winter X Games in the books—and what a great X Games it was! Spanning across four days, our little town of Aspen, CO didn’t seem so little as a record-breaking 117,000 people flocked to Buttermilk Mountain to compete, spectate, and support. Kicking off the

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A Firsthand Perspective: Summit for Life 2018

Last month, the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) hosted our 13th annual Summit for Life, a nighttime uphill race on Aspen Mountain. Participants began at the base of Aspen Mountain and climbed 3,267 vertical feet—over 2.5 miles—to reach the top. Racers hiked up the mountain at their own pace, using climbing

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Two Hospitals and a Marathon: Welcome to New York

All we can say is…WOW! What a fantastic weekend the Chris Klug Foundation just had in the Big Apple. Chris Klug and CKF Program Coordinator, CC Cunningham, headed to New York City for a whirlwind weekend that started on Friday with a visit to Mount Sinai Hospital as part of

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