Chris Klug Foundation: 52nd NYC marathon

The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) just returned from the 52nd TCS New York City Marathon. We are so grateful to be one of over 500 charity partners, with 13 runners completing the race. We also participated in the Expo, where we had the opportunity to speak with 140,000+ attendees about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

We want to express our extreme gratitude and appreciation for our 13 runners, including our nine Colorado locals: Rocio De La Cruz, Charlie Singer, Charles Lucarelli, Sarah Cole, May Selby, Christy Mahon, Jason Anderson, Max Rispoli, Jill Canning, and Erica Rasmussen. We were honored to be joined by 1K12M (1 Kidney 12 Marathons) athletes, Hilary Baude and Matt Cavanaugh, as well as living liver recipient and 2023 CKF Bounce Back, Give Back award winner, Dave Galbenski.

Thank you to our sponsors, Aspen Meadows Resort, for supporting our team, and rabbit for providing the team kits.

The NYC Marathon is an incredible experience. Watching 51,000+ runners supported by five boroughs’ worth of cheering spectators is the uplifting human success story we all need. Over 130 countries and all 50 states were represented!

This year’s inspiring tales from racers included a senior runner who has an appointment to be an altruistic kidney donor following the race. A runner who proudly wore a QR code to help her kidney recipient find a second kidney. Our own runners included living kidney donors, Hilary and Matt, who are on a mission to complete 12 marathons each this year in honor of living donation; and Dave, who celebrated 10 years since his diagnosis with his first marathon back after receiving his lifesaving liver from his living donor, Mark, in 2019.

We are awestruck by the amazing capacity of people and so honored to see how much good is still out there.

With gratitude,

Chris Klug Foundation