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Christopher’s remarkable journey is shown through the photos above. From the ICU post liver transplant to thriving three months later. Plus, he’s shown in a recent photo, too.

In the past few weeks, we’ve embarked on a journey through the remarkable tales of our Baker hive. Each story is a testament of compassion and community as Baker College maintains momentum in the Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge. Now, we turn the spotlight to Christopher Malachino– a shining example of resilience.

Here’s Christopher’s story: In 2003 I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune disease that affects the liver.  The only ‘cure’ for PSC is a liver transplant. The disease slowly progressed and in October 2015 I was placed on the transplant list at the University of Michigan. December 23, 2015 I received my new liver from a young woman who was in an accident.  Her death was not in vain, and her gift has allowed me a second chance at life! My transplant allowed me to regain my health and gave me a new perspective on life. I have been able to watch my children graduate high school and college, work, travel and live again.  As a Food & Beverage instructor at the CIM, my transplant has allowed me to share my experiences and knowledge with my students, allowing me to give back to others by sharing my story of grace and giving.  I do what I can to honor this gift and the donor who continues to live in me, including volunteering for Gift of Life so that others can have a second chance at life. 

Baker College continues to press toward the goal of signing up the most organ and tissue donors during this year’s challenge that runs through February 29th. Join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, and keep up with Baker’s ranking here.

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