The Chris Klug Foundation announces Bounce Back Award, presented by Astellas

For Immediate Release
Contact: Beth Slater
Executive Director
Chris Klug Foundation

The Chris Klug Foundation announces Bounce Back Award, presented by Astellas 

Aspen, CO, September 15, 2014 – The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) is pleased to announce the first annual Bounce Back Award, presented by Astellas. The award will recognize two transplant recipients who exhibit a great quality of life. Whether it’s a career accomplishment, participation in a sport or hobby, or simply leading a fulfilling life with family and loved ones, CKF wants to hear about it! Nominations will be open September 16-October 16, and the two winners will be selected by a committee of CKF staff and board members. The winners and one guest each will win a trip to Aspen, CO for the Chris Klug Foundation’s 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend December 5-6. CKF will host the winners in Aspen and provide flights, lodging, and tickets to all Summit for Life weekend events. The Bounce Back Award will be presented on December 6th on top of Aspen Mountain in front of 400 racers and CKF supporters!

“We couldn’t be more excited to showcase the incredible quality of life that is possible after transplant ” said CKF Executive Director, Beth Slater. “Every day we are in touch with recipients who are doing amazing things, and this award will help us share those stories on a national level. We’re especially excited to be partnering with Astellas on this award and as the title sponsor of Summit for Life. Astellas’s support of CKF and transplant recipients in general truly goes above and beyond.”

Founder and Chairman of CKF, Chris Klug, looks forward to welcoming the Bounce Back Award winners to Aspen. “We are proud to launch the Chris Klug Foundation's Bounce Back Award with Astellas, recognizing individuals that have been touched by donation and demonstrated what is possible after a transplant to help inspire those awaiting a second chance at life today. I am excited to celebrate our Bounce Back Award winners here in Aspen at the 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life.”

Becoming a registered organ & tissue donor is a way to have a lasting legacy, and it’s as simple as going to to sign up.  For more information on this event or on the Chris Klug Foundation please contact Beth Slater at (970) 618-7120.

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The Chris Klug Foundation and its Donor Dudes program host dozens of events across the country throughout the year. Upcoming events include the “Run for Your Life,” a film screening and fundraiser in Aspen, CO and the TCS New York Marathon on November 2. CKF’s largest event of the year, the 9
th Annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend will take place December 5-6, 2014.

The Chris Klug Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ & tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation.

Learn more about the foundation at

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