Aspen Summit for Life Bounce Back Award winners honored

THE ASPEN TIMES | Erica Robbie

Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times   Donerik Black, left, and Christopher Nalley are the 2016 winners of the Bounce Back Award, which recognizes transplant recipients who assume positive,...
The term “no bad days” not only illustrates life today for transplant recipients Donerik Black and Christopher Nalley, it also is a mindset that both men take to heart.

“We don’t have bad days because we know what a bad day looks like,” said Black, who underwent a heart-transplant surgery in 2015. “No Wi-Fi on the plane? We don’t get aggravated by that.”

“Cold coffee and bad traffic” won’t do it either, added Nalley, who has endured two lung-transplant procedures in the past 10 years.

As winners of the 2016 Bounce Back Award, the Chris Klug Foundation is hosting Black and Nalley in Aspen for the 11th annual Summit for Life events this weekend.

The Chris Klug Foundation, in partnership with the pharmaceutical company Astellas, presents the award to transplant recipients who assume a positive and productive quality of life post-transplant.

The award winners were selected among more than 60 nominees across 17 states, according to a statement from the Chris Klug Foundation. Continue reading
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