Chris Klug Foundation

A nonprofit organization

$11,405 raised by 64 donors

57% complete

$20,000 Goal

Chris Klug Foundation was founded by three-time Olympic snowboarder and the only organ transplant recipient to win a medal in any Olympics. The Foundation educates thousands of young people each year, equipping them with facts about organ donation so they can make an educated decision.


Our mission is to educate individuals to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors, and inspire those in the transplant community to achieve their greatness post-transplant. Our vision is to eliminate the wait for transplantation.

Background Statement

The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) is at the forefront of the fight against the wait by raising awareness. Founded in 2003, the foundation has worked to inspire and educate individuals across the US to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors for the last 20 years.

Chris was a healthy twenty-one-year-old when, after a routine physical, he was suddenly diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), a rare degenerative bile duct condition. Chris was placed on the transplant waitlist in 1994 and spent six years waiting for a lifesaving liver transplant. On July 28th, 2000, Chris’ prayers were answered when he received his liver transplant, an act made possible by the heroic and selfless decision by a 13-year-old boy's family.

After his transplant, Chris promised himself and the world that he would always work to raise awareness for donation and show what is possible post-transplant. Chris has done just that. After only six weeks, he was back on his snowboard, proclaiming, “It was like a new engine was dropped in me!” In 2002, the country took notice as Chris became the first transplant recipient to compete at the Winter Olympic Games, and he even did one better by winning a bronze medal!

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Chris Klug Foundation

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Health Care, Education

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Medium Organization


Po Box 64
Aspen, CO 81612

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