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2019 Bounce Back Give Back Award Winner: Lauren Shields

When Lauren Shields was just nine years old, she contracted a harmful virus that attacked her heart. By the time she made it to the hospital, she had gone into sudden cardiac arrest with her heart functioning at 14%. She was immediately added to the heart transplant waitlist with the

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35 Reasons: The Documentary – Part I

Phil Shin is a runner from South Pasadena, California. In 2018, just a few weeks after running his eighth Los Angeles Marathon, Phil was diagnosed with early-stage liver cancer. In order to remove the racquetball-sized tumor in his liver, he had to have a portion of his liver taken out.

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CKF: An Intern’s Perspective

Storey Balko is CKF’s summer intern through the month of July. Storey has been a huge help with event planning, social media, and general administrative tasks. She wrote an article for the CKF blog about her experience as an intern and what she learned while working with CKF over the

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The Gift of Life Adventure – Part I

Anil Srivatsa is an Indian-American journalist and radio talk show host from New Jersey. Five years ago, he donated a kidney to his brother. Anil now lives in India, where he conceptualized the idea for his Gift of Life Adventure (GOLA), a 50,000-mile road trip through 41 countries to spread

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Avalanche Victim Turned Organ Donor Honored and Remembered

Mark Massanari and Bobbie Gorron are the parents of Corey Borg-Massanari, one of two skiers who tragically passed away after being buried in a rare, inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley while on a ski trip in January. Corey was a Colorado native and an avid skier who moved to

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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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