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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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From MELD to Marathons

Maksim is one of nine individuals who will be running on the Chris Klug Foundation’s charity team in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4th. “They must have mixed up the lab results,” said Annabella, reading the letter that had just come in the mail. A

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Ain’t No Party Like a West Coast Party…with CKF!

CC Cunningham is the Program Coordinator for the Chris Klug Foundation. …’cause a West Coast [CKF] party don’t stop! And what a party it was! On September 19th, as part of our Patient Ambassador Program, sponsored by Astellas, the Chris Klug Foundation traveled to sunny San Diego, California to visit

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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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It’s good to be Harold

Someone had just given me a shot in the ass that was supposed to make me feel a little less anxious, maybe even a bit loopy. It was December of 2000 and after months of testing – both psychological and medical – a team of transplant surgeons was about to

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Being a Hero is Being an Organ Donor

I have been asked a number of times to tell my story, in writing, of receiving the amazing gift of a liver. And one would think since I have shared it publicly hundreds of times in front of high school students, fellow nurses, and physicians that it would be easy.

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Making the Most of a Second Chance

I have been called a hero for being a living donor to my brother Jim. The true hero is Jim, who has made the most of his new kidney and has made a difference in many lives for over 34 years since the kidney transplant. Since then, Jim has promoted

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Someone Else’s Tragedy Saved My Life

It was January 2009, just after ringing in the new year when I first felt ill. After a week of a dull stomach ache, I knew something wasn’t quite right and scheduled an appointment with my family doctor. He assured me that everything was fine and that I was just

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CKF Honors Key Donors at Founders Circle

The evening of August 22nd was a special night for the Chris Klug Foundation. The night marked CKF’s Third 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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