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2020 BOUNCE BACK GIVE BACK AWARD WINNER: TRACY COPELAND

The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) recently announced the two winners of our Bounce Back Give Back Awards this year! The annual award recognizes two organ transplant recipients who exhibit an outstanding quality of life post-transplant, whether it is through career accomplishments, participation in sports or hobbies, or simply leading fulfilling

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2020 BOUNCE BACK GIVE BACK AWARD WINNER: JOELLE ATKINSON

The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) recently announced the two winners of our annual Bounce Back Give Back Awards this year. The award recognizes two organ transplant recipients who exhibit an outstanding quality of life post-transplant, whether it is through career accomplishments, participation in sports or hobbies, or simply leading fulfilling

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On the Run in New York City

Written by CC Cunningham, CKF Program Manager. CKF has returned from our trip to the East Coast this past weekend and it still feels like we’re running on marathon adrenaline and sidewalk vendor hot dogs! On Friday, we kicked off the exciting weekend by visiting Mount Sinai Hospital as part

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“You Are Not Alone” – San Diego Patient Ambassador Visit

Valen Keefer is one of the Chris Klug Foundation’s (CKF) Patient Ambassadors and speaks on behalf of the foundation, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and organ donation. Valen traveled to San Diego with CKF as part of the organization’s annual Patient Ambassador Tour, presented by Astellas Pharma, to speak with transplant

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A Night of Thanks & Celebration

Written by CC Cunningham, CKF Program Manager. It was incredibly special to have the Chris Klug Foundation’s top donors, key stakeholders, and supporters all together in one room at our fifth annual Founders’ Circle dinner this past Thursday night to celebrate and recognize their contributions. Over 80 friends of the

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Our Inaugural Year at the Leadville Trail 100 Run

Written by CC Cunningham. CC Cunningham is the blog writer and Program Manager for the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF). We’re baaack! CKF returned to Leadville, Colorado for the second time this month to participate in another 100-mile race—and this time, it was all on foot! Yep, you read that right.

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A Spoke-Tacular Time in Leadville

Written by CC Cunningham. CC Cunningham is the blog writer and Program Manager for the Chris Klug Foundation. …Sorry about that terrible pun, but we did have a pretty awesome time in Leadville, Colorado this past weekend! As is the yearly tradition with our foundation, this year’s CKF charity team

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2019 Bounce Back Give Back Award Winner: Derek Fitzgerald

In 2003, Derek Fitzgerald was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a type of blood cancer that primarily affects the immune system, after doctors removed a grapefruit-sized tumor from his intestines. Derek went into complete remission after going through chemotherapy, however, the chemo did significant damage to his heart and he

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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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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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