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Aspen Event to Promote Organ and Tissue Donation


The 7th Annual Summit for Life Event in Aspen on Dec. 7-8 will raise money and awareness for organ and tissue donation. I participated last year and many of you made donations in my honor. This is a great event, full of energy and enthusiasm to celebrate second chances. My husband was given a second chance four years ago. Below is a video from the event last year. See if you can spot my cameo appearance.

This year, I’m making my donation in honor of Chris Klug. In 2000 Chris received a life saving liver donation and then went on to win a bronze medal in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. When my husband was waiting for his liver transplant and heard about Chris’s story, he was motivated and hopeful. Chris gave John the hope and drive to get through the ordeal. Since meeting Chris and participating last year, I can say he’s one hell of a guy. His enthusiasm for life is infectious. Being a part of Summit For Life last year was fun and exhilarating. It is a celebration of life.

Today Chris heads the Chris Klug Foundation, which promotes donor awareness and puts on great events such as Summit For Life. Today 116,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ donation. One donor can save 8 lives through organ donation and enhance 100 lives through tissue donation. 90% of Americans support organ and tissue donation, but only 30% take the necessary steps to becoming a donor. Thanks to people like Chris Klug, this is changing.

Please visit Chris’s donation page and support the cause.

On a Book Tour: Kind of like being a rockstar but not really


Maybe I should stick to writing books

I’m officially “on tour”. My memoir is now available on Kindle and in paperback soon. I’m taking the world by storm over here. At least in my own mind. And isn’t that really what matters? Here’s a little list of articles, blog posts, interviews and book events out now and upcoming. Oh the glamour.


Monday, October 3rd, 2011 9am. KCPQ-13 Fox News This Show with Lily Jang and Mark Wright.

Articles and Blogs

September 15th, 2011 Mountain Online Magazine Book Review From “Bombs Away” to Words on a Page.

September 25th, 2011  Tacoma News Tribune interview with Craig Hill.

September 27th, 2011 How to Handle a Partner’s Extreme Illness guestpost at ModernMom.com.

September 29th, 2011 Doing It All guest post at ModernMom.com.

October 1st, 2011 Book review on High On Adventure Online.

October 3rd, 2011 Book review at ModernMom.com, Guest post at Not Just the Kitchen online.

October 4th, 2011 Guest Post at ModernMom.com on Crisis Management Tips for an Avalanche Expert

October 6th Guest post at ModernMom.com on Why Women Excel at Dangerous Jobs

October 7th Review at Mountain Rider’s Alliance blog.


August 27th, 2011. Bottom Line on Your Health Radio Show with Sarah Hiner. I spoke in as an expert on surviving an emergency situation (in this case Hurricane Irene).

Wednesday September 27th, 2011 6:15pm. (Yes, that’s TONIGHT). Radio Interview with Lizz Sommars on The Mountain 103.7 fm. Airs Sunday October 9th, 2011.

Thursday September 28th, 2011. 6:30am. Live interview on VOICE AMERICA TALK RADIO on the Kathryn Zox Show.

Friday October 7th, 2011. 9am Radio Interview on Morning Show KONA-AM with Dennis Shannon, Voice of the Tri-Cities.

Tuesday October 4th, 2011. 5:20 am (eek that’s early!). Radio Interview with XM Broadminded Radio.

Tuesday October 4th, 2011 8:20 am (I’ll be on a roll!). Radio Interview with Mel Robbins.

Wednesday October 5th, 2011 1pm. “Inspirational Women” Radio Interview with Kate Daniels on Warm 106.9.

Saturday October 22nd, 2011. Interview on The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ-AM.

Radio interview with Bill Kenower at Author Magazine. Hard date to come.


WORDS AT THE WOODMARK. Kirkland, WA Wednesday, October 18th. Join me at the Woodmark Hotel for an evening of fun, wine, food and, of course, my book. The price of admission gets you in and includes everything, even the book.

SUMMIT FOR LIFE. Aspen, CO December 9-10, 2011. This charity event held in Aspen every year celebrates organ and tissue donation benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation. I will be there to raise money and awareness for this very great cause as well as signing books.

BOOK SIGNING AND AUTHOR EVENT Crystal Mountain, WA. Saturday, December 17th, 2011. I will be signing books at Crystal and hope to see many of you there. More information to come.

I’ll be adding more to this list. My publicist has been busy. Anyone interested in hosting me or would like me to guest post please contact me (see email Kim tab above). I’m also scheduling book club meetings, because after all, meeting with readers and talking about my book is about as good as it gets.

Donor Dudes: Promoting organ donation awareness


Chris Klug and John Kircher, both post-transplant

Chris Klug, Olympic snowboard medalist, wants to increase organ donation awareness. Like John, Chris was diagnosed with Primary Schlerosing Cholangitis and told he would need a liver transplant someday. Not only did Chris receive the surgery, he also went on to win a a bronze medal in Salt Lake just eighteen months later. I’ve written about Chris before, but I wanted to let you all know a little more about him and an upcoming event for donor awareness.

John and I had the chance to meet Chris at the Vancouver Olympics, and he’s a truly amazing guy. I’m currently planning my upcoming book tour, and one stop will be in Aspen in December so that I can join Chris in his Summit for Life event. His mission is to raise awareness for organ donation through this uphill skiing race/fun run. I’m looking forward to joining Chris and his Donor Dudes in December. The event starts at the base of Aspen Mountain. Participants ski, snowshoe or can even take the gondola to the top of the Sundeck at the summit. Last year, 400 people participated.

Donor Dudes are like ambassadors, spreading the message of organ donation to young people. Through his charisma and positive attitude, Chris works to recruit the “dudes” to help spread the message. I love this part of Chris’s foundation. Not only is he getting the word out, he’s also offering a road map to young people showcasing how to make a difference.

Anyone up for a fun, athletic event that will contribute to saving lives and furthering Chris’s awesome message should join me in December. Check out Chris’s website for registration information.