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The Klug family thanks you

Dear Editor:

It was an amazing sight on Saturday night as we watched hundreds of “up-hillers” head up Little Nell, toward the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain, head lamps bobbing. They wore everything from snowshoes to skis to spiked shoes and boots, and even just plain hiking boots. Some had ski poles and others walking sticks; and all had smiles and an air of enthusiasm as they took off up Aspen Mountain. It was all in support of the Chris Klug Foundation’s Summit for Life event, now in its fifth year.

The goal was fundraising, awareness raising and “fun raising” too as everyone gathered at the Sundeck for a celebration of life – and to help spread the word about organ and tissue donation. Chris is alive today because 10 years ago a family in Denver said yes to organ donation at a time of tragedy in their family’s life. Today, nearly 110,000 people are on transplant lists across the nation, waiting for a second chance at life like Chris got when it was “life or death” for him. Sadly, there are not enough donated organs to go around.

So, to all those who trudged, hiked or spiked up Aspen Mountain on Saturday, and all who contributed to this worthy cause, the Klug family sends out a big thank-you for helping to make good things happen. Thanks for spreading the word of life-saving organ donation, and thank you for helping to fund ongoing efforts to get the message out. You are helping to save lives, even lives of people right here in Aspen. Thank you all.

Warren Klug

Aspen