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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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I Hope To Encourage The Latino And Black Communities To Become Organ Donors

My journey to my kidney transplant started at the age of 16. When I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3. Tried different treatments to slow down the damage. At 20, I was told I needed dialysis soon so I had my fistula placed in my left forearm. At

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Brady and Belichick are NOT Organ Donors

While a freshman in high school I was diagnosed with Polycystic kidney Disease. By my early 30s each kidney had grown to the size of footballs creating a distended abdomen. With all my internal organs pushed and squeezed I began to get sicker feeling like morning sickness. I was vomiting

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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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US Capitol Police Special Agent Donates Life to Fellow Officer

In 2008, Noel Gleason and Shannon Croom were working side by side as Special Agents with the United States Capitol Police. In July of that year, with Noel’s life on the line, they became lifelong friends. “You need a transplant and you need one now.” So ended my fight with

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I’m Here Because Someone Chose to Save My Mom

I’m going to tell all about the story of my mom and how organ donation changed my life. My mom calls me her special miracle baby because in part I am here because a family chose to support organ donation and transplantation and donate their loved one’s liver to my

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St. Louis Toddler Receives Kidney from Facebook Follower

Bloomington, Indiana – January 9, 2017 – For years to come, January will be a month full of celebration and joy for the Bahr family of Arnold, Missouri. Last year on January 18th a virtual stranger donated a kidney to their then 14-month-old son, Blake, and gave this family the

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Gene’s Big Dumb Kidneys

My name is Gene and was my dad’s name, too. My father is very much on my mind as I stand next in line to face the same disease that took him away. Polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, results in kidneys with cysts. These cysts fill with water thereby slowly

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UCHealth Patient Ambassador Visit Does More Than Inspire Patients

On Monday, July 17th in the first week of my internship, I had the awesome privilege of visiting UCHealth in Denver with the Chris Klug Foundation. As part of our new Patient Ambassador Program, sponsored by Astellas, I knew our founder Chris would be visiting recent transplant recipients to offer

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