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12th Annual Summit for Life Michael Wells Inspirational Award Recipient

Every year the Chris Klug Foundation Nominates a lucky recipient of the Michael Wells Inspirational Award. The award’s namesake is our friend Michael, a liver recipient who has hiked Aspen Mountain for Summit for Life almost every year since the beginning! As an on-going tradition for the eighth year, we are

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This Is My Day To Give Back

Last week we went to the Denver Children’s Hospital with our Patient Ambassador Seth and his mother Tammy. Seth is 12 years old and has had three liver transplants. It was very special to get to spend some time with Seth and Tammy while we were helping to lift the

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Her true intention on this earth was meant for perfect strangers.

Thinking of my sister always brings a smile to my heart. I love sharing her story and talking about her whenever I get the chance. Although for 11 years she was in extreme need of care, she was selfless in every way. Always wanting to take care of others, help

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I have been given another chance!

CF (short for Cystic Fibrosis) has no cure yet, and so having crumby lung function and frequent infections leads to needing a double lung transplant. That is the stage that I’m at. I have now received my life-saving transplant at 27 years old. Thank you to my beautiful donor and

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A Day Of Impact and Inspiration at NYU Langone Medical Center

We went to NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC for a Patient Ambassador Visit with Chris Klug, Eric Barton and Lauren Shields to inspire patients pre and post-transplant. First, we met with patients who were coming back to the hospital for check-up’s post-transplant. We met with six patients and got to

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The gift their loved one bestowed upon me will not be wasted

I woke up with an extraordinary feeling I had not experienced in almost a decade. Not the grogginess and pain that I had experienced more times than I care to remember. No, this was the feeling of hope. The first words out of my mouth when I saw the nurse

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Beauty and Bravery Beyond Words

Our team arrived in Los Angeles where we were met by our Patient Ambassadors Eric Barton and Harold Mintz. We were graciously invited to meet with the amazing team at One Legacy, which is the biggest Organ Procurement Organization in the United States. Sitting down with their team, we learned of

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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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Expecting Twins!

Mark is a law enforcement hero and now a proud recipient of twins, twin lungs that is… As I’m entering the 3rd trimester since my life saving bilateral lung transplant on New Years Day 2017, I try not to complain about the meds, the weakness, dramatic loss of muscle mass and

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