Be a Donor Dude, Help Save Lives
The 10th Annual Aspen Summit for Life event was this past weekend and Aspen Real Life was able to capture some footage from the Summit for Life dinner at the Hotel Jerome.
During these times when people are suffering and hatred tries it’s best to prevail over love, more and more people are finding ways to step up and actively get involved to help others. Chris Klug is one such man.
A tall handsome chiseled jaw stud of a man, Chris would be intimidating if he didn’t always have a smile on his face. Diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) in 1991, a rare degenerative bile duct condition where the only cure is a liver transplant, Chris was on the transplant waiting list for six years, and three months of those years he was at a critical state.
During that fragile time he vowed that if he made it through, he would do everything he could to help make a difference for the thousands of individuals waiting for a second chance at life like he had. Finally, Chris received his lifesaving liver transplant July 28, 2000.
Only 18 months after his transplant Chris won a Bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics. The following year Chris started his foundation to help save lives and promote a healthy, active life post transplant. Founded in October of 2003, The Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation.
Once again this year, I was invited by my good friend Esther Blom-Geiser to attend the Summit for Life dinner this past weekend at The Hotel Jerome. Esther is an active participant and board member for the Chris Klug Foundation.
During the dinner, invited guest Edward Drake II spoke of why he founded his non-profit organization, YNOTT? (Youth Needing Organ and Tissue Transplants Foundation):
As always, the dinner was a celebration of life as well as a beautiful mingling of our caring and warm community. As Chris spoke about all he has been doing to save lives I thought about all the TED talks I have been listening to about compassion and this one by Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax stood out in my mind:
This event is the Chris Klug Foundation’s largest fundraiser and is vital to the success of its mission. Every dollar raised can help us save lives. So step up and help to spread their message and make a difference for the 121,000+ people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Make a donation and together we can help to save lives.
**We apologize for the poor quality as we were not expecting to video the event!