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Inspired by Summit for Life events

Dear Editor:

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Given Institute presented a panel discussion on organ and tissue donation in conjunction with the Chris Klug Foundation. The panel discussion kicked off the Fourth Annual Summit for Life event. Master of ceremonies Chris Klug was joined by his transplant surgeon, Dr. Igal Kam, along with heart transplant recipient and author Kelly Perkins. Donor family member and Aspen local Bob Wade moderated the program and provided a different perspective on the importance of organ donation.

The program provided a glimpse into the lives of transplant recipients and what it means to get a second chance at life. Combined with medical perspective from Dr. Kam and insight from Bob Wade, the program made for an inspirational evening on the importance of organ and tissue donation.

I would like to thank the Given Institute for promoting the presentation. For those of you unable to make it that evening, a DVD can be viewed by calling 925-9114.

Also, I would like to thank all the people who supported the Summit for Life event by running or hiking or riding the gondola up Aspen Mountain on Dec. 12. It was an incredible night of people encouraging people. A lot of effort goes into Summit for Life and I want to thank everyone who helped out by volunteering, donating prizes, the staff and anyone or place I have left out.

Right now there are over 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. The best thing you can do is to sign up to be an organ donor and let your family know your wishes.

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By supporting the Chris Klug Foundation we can work toward ending the wait for people who need organ transplants and tissue donations. Please go to the ChrisKlugFoundation.org and sign up to be an organ donor and help end the wait.

Michael Wells

Aspen

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