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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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Early Liver Transplant Recipient Shares His Story

In 1990, after living with cirrhosis for years, Charlie Scott was introduced to Dr. Thomas Starzl, the first person to perform liver transplantation in humans. When Dr. Starzl told him about this risky new procedure, Charlie figured he had nothing to lose. 29 years later, Charlie is still going strong

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35 Reasons: The Documentary – Part II

Phil has collaborated with the Los Angeles Marathon and Conqur Endurance Group to create “35 Reasons,” a two-part documentary that tells his story and presents the concept of living organ donation to a wider audience. In July, we published Part I of Phil’s Donor Story along with the first part

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The Most Important Lesson My Brother Taught Me…

Christy Setzke is a donor sister from Wisconsin. Her brother, Todd, was an organ donor after his passing. Christy now advocates on behalf of organ & tissue donation. Most recently, she hosted a Donor Dudes event at Ashland High School in which she spoke to 11th and 12th-grade Medical Science

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Kicking Off Our 2019 Patient Ambassador Tour!

2019 is well underway, which means another year of our nationwide Patient Ambassador Tour! Last Wednesday, we kicked off the 2019 Tour, presented by Astellas Pharma, right here in our home state of Colorado, where we visited two hospitals in the Denver area. To honor National Pediatric Transplant Week, our

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A Living Act of Kindness

Jordan is Hudson’s mother and organ donation advocate. My son, Hudson, was born on October 27th, 2016 with a condition called heterotaxy. At ten days old, he underwent surgery to prevent bowel mal-rotation and, while operating, an exploratory search revealed Hudson’s liver was shaped abnormally, had an unusual color, and

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It’s Not About the Cards You Are Dealt; It’s About How You Play Your Hand

Jacob Ragland is a liver transplant recipient and college student at the University of Tennessee. At my high school, every senior is required to recite a personal talk in front of the entire student body and staff. This task was in the back of my mind going into my senior

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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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