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Avalanche Victim Turned Organ Donor Honored and Remembered

Mark Massanari and Bobbie Gorron are the parents of Corey Borg-Massanari, one of two skiers who tragically passed away after being buried in a rare, inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley while on a ski trip in January. Corey was a Colorado native and an avid skier who moved to

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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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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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The Chris Klug Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Bounce Back, Give Back Awards to Recognize Extraordinary Transplant Recipients

The Chris Klug Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Bounce Back, Give Back Awards to Recognize Extraordinary Transplant Recipients Nominations now being accepted for the award, which will be presented in December at a special event in Aspen, Colorado   Aspen, CO., April 1, 2019 – The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF)

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No Greater Love

Brian Hinsley is one of CKF’s 2018 Bounce Back Award winners. Kim Hinsley is Brian’s wife and caretaker during his lifesaving liver transplant. I’m going to share Brian’s journey from my side, the caregiver’s side. Brian and I have been married for 22 years now. On our wedding day, we

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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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Cancer After Organ Transplants

CKF partnered with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance for this informational post. We want everyone to be safe and healthy to #livelifegivelife Organ transplants are life-saving procedures for many patients, and one organ donor can save up to eight lives. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there were

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My Battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

It was October of 2008 when I got the call every man dreads. I had recently seen my family practitioner for a routine check-up. The call that followed was not the one expected, instead, the doctor indicated there were some numbers that did not look right and we needed to

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Their Son’s Liver Went To Me

When I was a college sophomore I was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, a hereditary illness that meant that my body did not metabolize copper. Instead, copper that I ingested in food and water would migrate to my liver or brain. It could be treated with drugs and diet. I seized

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“Say YES to Life” – The Meaning of MELD

“Shouldn’t God decide that?” I love this innocent and sweet comment that my infusion nurse said to me when I was describing how the liver transplant wait list works. All of this is new to me, so I’m still learning. However, since going through the liver transplant evaluation process, I

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