Steve and Gregg Farber honored with Transplant Hero Awards

The American Transplant Foundation presented its inaugural Transplant Hero Awards last week, honoring those individuals who have made an outstanding impact in the transplant community.

The Foundation presented the Transplant Hero Award to Steve and Gregg Farber, who have given of themselves to see lives saved. As a result of the Farber family’s work, the American Transplant Foundation was created and Colorado has an organization that works tirelessly to ensure that nobody dies in the state while waiting for a transplant.

Larry Mizel, center, the chairman and CEO of MDC-Richmond American Homes Foundation, presents the Transplant Hero Awards to Steve and Gregg Farber.

In honor of all those who are waiting for a transplant, in honor of all living donors such as Kaye Basedow, Russ Cupps, Gregg Farber, Adam Leventhal and Cara Yesawich, and in honor of Steve’s recent 70th birthday, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 28 as Living Donor Awareness Week.

The Farber family celebrates the impact a lifesaving transplant made in saving Steve Farber’s life. Pictured from left to right are Steve and Cindy Farber, Karly and Brad Farber, Gregg Farber, and Julie and Brent Farber.
Photos courtesy of Stevie Crecelius of
Wonder Works Studio

The Patient Advocate Award recipients were Dr. Laurence Chan and Dr. Igal Kam.

Altruistic living donors were also honored for their selfless sacrifice.

The Gift of Life Award was presented to four living donors who have given kidneys to people they have never met — Cara Yesawich, Russ Cupps, Kaye Basedow and Adam Leventhal.

The American Transplant Foundation has five unique programs for Colorado residents and is the only nonprofit in the country that reimburses living donors for lost wages and saves lives in 32 states.