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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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The Process

It takes patience, determination, organization and the will to survive to go through the process of getting on the liver transplant list and then waiting for a transplant. I’m in the trenches right now and telling myself that all of the work I’m putting into this will lead to healthier

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Cancer After Organ Transplants

CKF partnered with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance for this informational post. We want everyone to be safe and healthy to #livelifegivelife Organ transplants are life-saving procedures for many patients, and one organ donor can save up to eight lives. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there were

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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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