Hearts for Russ is dedicated to making a difference in organ transplantation. Since 2014, we have been raising funds for non-profit organizations that are working to increase participation in the New York State organ donation registry, and supporting patients and families undergoing transplants.

We ask you to join us in our quest to save lives through the miracle of transplantation.

Hearts for Russ would like to thank everyone who participated and supported our virtual gala on October 8th, 2020. We would like to also thank our awardees, Dr. Robert Montgomery, Ann & Bill Corbett, and Chris Klug for their continued commitment to the organ donation community. We are proud to announce we have raised a grand total of $37,000 towards our goal! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our event, whether you contributed your time or dollars, we appreciate you! If you were unable to attend you can watch our gala below!
If you would like to make a donation or sign up for our news letter:

Long Island TRIO

in association with Hearts For Russ



Gifts of Life: Profiles in Courage from the Transplant Community

Directed by Michael Drucker, Delusions International featuring Shelby Caban, Jennifer Lentini and Jack Cloonan


Our Physician Awardwill go to Robert A. Montgomery, MD, the Chairman of Surgery at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Montgomery is a kidney transplant surgeon and innovator in the field. Two years ago he was the recipient of a heart transplant from a Hepatitis C positive donor and has worked to try to promote this practice throughout the world. In addition to his tireless efforts in the medical domain, Dr. Montgomery has consistently spent time with organ transplant organizations, such as Long Island TRIO, and recognizes the importance of post-transplant support and the advocacy required to increase organ donor rolls.

Our Recipient Award will go to Chris Klug, a three-time Olympic snowboarder and liver transplant recipient from Aspen, Colorado. 18 months after receiving his lifesaving transplant, Chris won a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games for snowboard racing, making him the first and only organ transplant recipient to compete in the Olympics, winter or summer. In 2003, Chris founded the Chris Klug Foundation, a national nonprofit organization to help save lives through organ donor registration and encourage healthy, active lifestyles post-transplant.

Our Donor Family Award will go to William & Ann Corbett of Floral Park, NY. Judge Corbett and his wife Ann have been married over 50 years and have both led successful careers while giving back to their community. As he approached his late 70's, Judge Corbett started to experience kidney failure and faced difficult prospects for a transplant considering his age. His answer was his amazing wife Ann, who donated a kidney to her husband three years ago. They both continue to work and thrive. Theirs is a story of love, devotion and service to the community that you simply must hear on October 8th.

Support Our Misson

New York State has one of the lowest organ donor registration rates in the nation. Hundreds of New Yorkers die each year waiting for a transplant, while just one donor can save up to eight lives.

Consider donating to our mission to help change that.

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