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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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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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