For Immediate Release
Contact: Beth Slater
Chris Klug Foundation
The Chris Klug Foundation Announces Winners of the Bounce Back Award, presented by Astellas
Aspen, CO, November 3, 2014 – The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) is pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Bounce Back Award, presented by Astellas. The award recognizes two transplant recipients who exhibit a great quality of life. Nominations for the award were open September 16-October 16, and over 75 incredible nominations came in from 27 states across the country; the two winners were selected by CKF staff and board members.
Winner Barbara Breckenridge, of Buffalo, New York, is a fifteen-year kidney transplant recipient. Since being given a second chance at life, Breckenridge has dedicated her life to advocating for organ & tissue donation. According to Sarah Diina, Director of Marketing and Communications at Unyts, “Barbara provides peer counseling for dialysis patients, transplant patients and their families, and newly diagnosed kidney disease individuals. Barbara facilitates a kidney Support Group at Erie County Medical Center, and has done many radio and television appearances promoting the Donate Life cause.” Breckenridge has also won over 31 medals at the Transplant Games, and has traveled to Australia, Sweden, and South Africa to compete. Breckenridge’s tireless advocacy embodies the spirit of the Bounce Back Award.
Winner David Miller, of Semmes, Alabama, received a liver from the family of a thirteen-year-old boy who lost his life after a tragic fall. Their selfless decision to donate their son’s organs gave David a second chance at life. Since his transplant David has not let any obstacle slow him down. He educates high school students to teach their peers about organ & tissue donation and to register them as donors. Through his efforts, his group registered 863 organ donors. David has also won medals at the World Transplant Games and participates in 5K runs. David leads by example, and is truly deserving of the Bounce Back Award.
The winners and one guest each will travel to Aspen, CO for the Chris Klug Foundation’s 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend December 5-6. CKF will host the winners 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 were thrilled by the response to the First Annual Bounce Back Award presented by Astellas ” said CKF Executive Director, Beth Slater. “We read so many amazing stories of what is possible after a lifesaving transplant. Picking just two winners was an incredibly difficult task, but we’re so proud of Barbara and David and the way they live their lives.”
Founder and Chairman of CKF, Chris Klug, looks forward to welcoming the Bounce Back Award winners to Aspen. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Barbara and David to my hometown of Aspen to celebrate life together and recognize their volunteerism to help others in the transplant community today. All over the country our Donor Dudes volunteers support our work and help us get the word out about donation. Both Barbara and David are officially Donor Dudes! We can’t wait to recognize both 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 www.chrisklugfoundation.org to sign up. For more information on this program or on the Chris Klug Foundation please contact Beth Slater at (970) 618-7120.
Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceuticals. Astellas has a twenty-year history of commitment to the transplant community. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at www.astellas.us and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AstellasUS.
The Chris Klug Foundation and its Donor Dudes program host dozens of events across the country throughout the year. CKF’s largest event of the year, the 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend will take place December 5-6, 2014. For more information visit www.SummitforLife.org.
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 www.chrisklugfoundation.org
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