Chris Klug Foundation's 9th Annual Summit for Life Raises over $185,000

Aspen, CO. December 10, 2014 –The Chris Klug Foundation’s 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life presented by Astellas that took place under a full moon on December 5 & 6 in Aspen, CO was a huge success! There were 400 racers this year, 60 Ride for Life participants, and 40 volunteers that joined us to celebrate at the Sundeck after Saturday evening’s race. 120 of the racers were from outside of the Roaring Fork Valley and 30 of the racers came from outside of Colorado. The fastest male racer was Brian Johnson with a time of 50 minutes and 12 seconds and the fastest female racer was Jennifer Mendez with a time of 58 minutes and 9 seconds. The Wine and Dine dinner at the Hotel Jerome on Friday evening sold out weeks in advance and the Party for Life event was a huge success. Thirty transplant families including transplant recipients and donor families participated in the 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life in 2014. Derek Janiak and Logan Shannon received the 2014 Michael Wells Inspirational Award. This year’s event has raised $185,541 to date with fundraising still coming in!

Summit for Life raises awareness and funds for lifesaving organ & tissue donation awareness, while celebrating second chances and quality of life. Participation and donations will help the 123,000 people currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant today. 19 people die daily due to the lack of available organs for transplant, and just one donor can save the lives of eight people and improve the lives of as many as fifty people. 

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Aspen Summit for Life and its supporters enable the Chris Klug Foundation to focus on the mission of promoting life-saving organ & tissue donation, and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation. Summit for Life Partners include: Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Kahtoola, Marmot, Aspen Square Hotel, Aspen Sojourner, The Anschutz Foundation, Elite Island Resorts, The Aspen Times, Aspen Public Radio, and Aspen Snowmass.

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.

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