I'm running the Leadville 100 again and am working to raise $5,000 for the Chris Klug Foundation which educates young adults to increase registration for organ and tissue donation. This is a personal cause for me.
In 2011, the donation of an aortic valve saved my brother's life. He was life-flighted from Omaha to Cleveland where doctors worked all day to fight an infection in his heart. He had lived for more than two decades with a mechanical valve but, in this case, he needed one made of human tissue. Without this valve, he would have died. Thanks to a tissue donor, seven years on, he lives a passionate life as the father of two wonderful kids.
In 2016, my step brother's grandson was born with a heart complication. The doctors initially used a mechanical pump, called a Berlin Heart, to help the issue. In the end, though, he would need a heart transplant. Two months later, just a few months into his life, he got that transplant. While it absolutely breaks my heart to think of the family that lost their infant child, that child's heart saved Noah's life. Today, Noah is a happy three-year-old with a little sister.
While running 100 miles in one go isn't easy, it's nothing compared to the life struggles above and those of our loved ones who are a part of those stories. Please consider a donation to the Chris Klug Foundation to help create more life-changing outcomes like these.