Aspen, CO (PressExposure) May 16, 2014 -- The Chris Klug Foundation celebrated National Donate Life Month with a community event in its home town of Aspen, Colorado. With the roots of the foundation's creator Chris Klug based in winter sports, and his achievement of being the first organ transplant recipient to win an Olympic medal after he received an organ donation and liver transplant in 2000 then went on to win a alpine snowboarding medal at the Salt Lake Olympics, it was only fitting that the foundation celebrated with a ski day on Aspen Mountain.
Along with Chris another liver transplant recipient from Breckenrigde Colorado, Steve Piper was in attendance. Steve is a six year liver transplant survivor who has been very inspired by Chris's story and the healthy lifestyle he has been able to achieve and an organ transplant survivor. Having a mentor such as Chris has helped Steve push through some of the challenges he has faced with his own organ transplant and liver disease.
Also in attendance were Pepper and Susan Gomes, Pepper is on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network waiting list for a donor organ and is need of a lifesaving kidney transplant. His kidney degeneration has been slow for most of the past three decades, but it has gotten to the point at which he only has 12 percent function in his kidneys.Gomes discovered that both of his kidneys weren't working properly in 1983 after he broke his shoulder while skiing, tests revealed there was a progressive failure in both kidneys.
There was live music by Aspen local Brad Manosevitz whogenerously volunteered his time and provided great entertainment.. We also had two board members in attendance, Nancy Nevin and John Gibbans, and CK & Missy brought baby River. Many guests were excited to meet him. Aside from that lots of the attendees are regular S4L participants and strong supporters. Tony Nitti was there, he's riding for CKF in Leadville again this year, as was Marcus Blue, one of the members of the marathon team.
The Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation.Through programs they reach tens of thousands of young people each year, equipping them with facts about organ donation so they can make educated decisions. Their mission is to increase the number of organ and tissue donors by focusing on educating young people about organ and tissue donation allowing them to make an educated decision at the Division of Motor Vehicles and giving the tools to discuss their decision with family and friends.
Celebrated in April each year National Donate Life Monthentails an entire month of activities and events to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors on a national, regional and local level. The month also serves to celebrate those that have saved lives through the generous gift of organ donation and provides opportunities to connect with the people affected buy their generosity.
A great time was had by all, it was a beautiful day in a beautiful location and the event captured the true essence of the Chris Klug Foundation and organ donation, Celebrate Life!!!