May 2009 — Kristi Miller is one of the Foundation’s newest volunteers. She has been a huge help in planning our first charity cycling event at the 2009 Elephant Rock Ride and is so fun to work with. Please welcome Kristi to our outstanding team of volunteers!
How did you become involved with the American Transplant Foundation?
“I became involved with the American Transplant Foundation because my husband had a kidney transplant 4 years ago. We have become advocates of organ and tissue donation due to our blessing.”
What has been your favorite volunteer event, project, or opportunity and why?
“Working on the first ever bike event on June 7 with the Elephant Rock has been my favorite because my husband LOVES cycling and has been involved in cycling for many years. His donor Kevin is flying out to ride in the event (100 miles) and together they are celebrating their personal victory of the life saving transplant Bryan had.”
What are you looking forward to in 2009?
“In 2009 I would like to continue helping fund raise for the American Transplant Foundation and continue to “give back” by volunteering for this cause. I would also like to train for an event in Virginia that Bryan’s donor (Kevin) is putting on where I would walk and/or run for 16 miles. I have never done anything like that before, but would love to do it for Kevin.”
Do you have any special talents that people don’t know about?
“I have a degree in Music and love to play the piano. I don’t play as much as I use to, but still enjoy sitting down and working on different types of pieces.”
Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share?
“In the few months that I have been involved with the Foundation, I have met some incredible people. Everyone has been tremendously kind and everyone is volunteering for very strong reasons and with personal stories. It is like a family. I would love to see more “get togethers” with the volunteers, before the events or after, just to socialize and share more stories. It’s encouraging and heart-warming to know others have been where we have and share our same thoughts and concerns. Heidi and Katie are wonderful people and have made my experience with the ATF so enjoyable and worthwhile. Thanks for the honor of working with you!”