April is National Donate Life Month. Are you registered to be an organ donor? This liver and kidney transplant recipient is very grateful a young man in Alabama did so over 4 1/2 years ago! Go to http://www.donatelife.net

Enjoy True Transplant Tales on this blog: Scroll down to “The Life and Times of Chuck Basement” and then click the link at right: “The Games”

And here's where you can register:  http://donatelife.net/register-now/

 Oct. 19, 2013    |
Written by Tom Wilemon The Tennessean
The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, headed by Dr. James D. Eason, has formed an alliance with Saint Thomas Health. University of Tennessee surgeons with the Memphis-based institute began performing kidney transplants for Saint Thomas on July 1.

Rebecca Climer, chief marketing officer for Saint Thomas, said it is evaluating an expansion of the liver transplant program. Eason said that’s his goal.

“We certainly plan on being a full-service abdominal transplant program at Saint Thomas in Nashville,” Eason said.

The alliance gives the Memphis-based institute greater access to organ donations and Saint Thomas a higher profile in transplant surgery. Saint Thomas, which performed the state’s first heart transplant in March 1985, stopped doing those surgeries almost two years ago. Liver transplants would be a new specialty.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is currently the only Middle Tennessee hospital that does liver or heart transplants.

Steve Baum of Franklin, a volunteer advocate for organ donation and people with liver disease, said he welcomed any development that gives patients more options.

“Anything that would add to the ability of extremely sick and dying people to get an organ transplant more quickly, I would certainly be in favor of,” Baum said.

After being diagnosed with polycystic liver and kidney diseases, he received a liver and kidney transplant four years ago at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which his doctor recommended because surgeons there specialized in his massively enlarged condition and because it had short wait times for organs.

He advises anyone needing an organ transplant to explore all options, including getting on the list at more than one transplant center, especially if they are served by different organ procurement organizations.


Sign up to be an organ donor when renewing your driver’s license and make sure there’s a red heart near your photo. You must sign up every time you renew. Go online to www.donatelifetn.org or call 877-552-5050.

Liver transplants in Tennessee

» 203 people in Tennessee who are waiting for a liver.
» 172 livers that have been donated in Tennessee so far this year.
» 265 were donated in 2012.

Source: Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Unite to Fight





And also:      Nashville Liver Life Walk

Good morning!

Join my lovely bride Anne and I as we represent Donate Life registering new organ donors at two locations in the coming week (or so):

Sat 9/21 @ Walk for PKD, River Park Brentwood, 8:30-10:30. I’ll also MC their pre-walk ceremony.

Sat 9/28 @ Liver Life Walk, Steeplechase area @ Warner Parks, 8:30-11.

Both will have music, food, activities for children, special auctions items (including Titans tix and signed stuff @ PKD 9/21) You know how important this is to our family and may some day affect your’s!

Y’all come!

end-of-the-5k-and-its-funny-finishWhen Chuck and I were both small we loved competition but knew our limits: we were lousy runners. Slow. Bad. And it hurt.
After it was confirmed we had PKD we went through the long, slow chronic illness process: Long. Slow. Bad. And it hurt.
With the support of family and people like you we made it to the blessed day…
On 11-11-09 the second gift of life came in the form of a liver and kidney transplant.
We have been doubly blessed as our recovery has allowed us to participate and compete in some sports and sometimes even win a medal.
So these “old farts with new parts”, flat feet and all, are going to complete the Nashville Marathon by jogging, walking, and anything else it might take.
You can read about our story below here if you wish:

To make a donation go to:




Thank you for supporting PKD Foundation. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. – mohttp://runforpkd.kintera.org/faf/donorReievent=1037858&lis=1&kntae1037858=592CBC0752064FB78DDE0C96B9681787&supId=387088475#sthash.8iIqIQf1.dpufg/donorPledge.asp?



Hi Neighbor! Come on in!.

Check out some old memories from Bear Creek HS vocal music, musicals, and Sounds of BC. Then send your own photos and memories through the contact portal.

Special thanks to Janne (Lawson) Nielson for all her work so far!

Want to listen to a Sounds/Jazz Band concert from spring ’72?

Just click “By Request” here on this site…

Several friends, like Jay Preston Swafford and Ed Campbell and I, received our invitations to the National Seniors Games in July as official qualifiers. But for me the dates conflict with a World event just a little closer to my heart. And new liver. And new kidney:


World Transplant Games

World Transplant Games

Durban,. South AfricaJuly 28, 2013

Durban,. South Africa
July 28, 2013


Stay tuned for further developments!

Reading so many wonderful New Year’s notes it occurred to me that the calendar year is no longer how I mark my time.

Our wedding anniversary is preceded annually by the anniversary of my life-saving transplants. In between we finally get through the shortest day of the year which is always a celebration because I love longer days and shorter nights.

I don’t mind counting birthdays because I wasn’t sure at one time how many I would see. My family’s birthdays are even bigger celebrations. The first day of school is huge in a family of teachers.

So New Year’s is special simply because so many people get together and lay out and share their hopes for the future. Which four digits are assigned to this link in life are really rather immaterial except for accounting purposes. Every new day can be your best day.

So come together and share with the people who are most important to you. Today is just a great excuse to start!

Or Beauty and the Bifocals

Walk at River Park in Brentwood to benefit Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation
Steve Baum

Steve Baum

Written by
Vicky Travis
The Tennessean

BRENTWOOD — A walk in the park Saturday is set to raise research dollars for a little-known health disorder, Polycystic Kidney Disease.

The PKD Foundation Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. at River Park on Knox Valley Drive in Brentwood.

A grateful Steve Baum will be there, after having life-saving kidney and liver transplants in 2009 after his PKD had progressed for years.

“For organ recipients, it’s the generosity of the donor, the grace of God and great doctors,” he said.

The disease, which can be hidden under heart failure or diabetes, is genetic and usually creeps up over time. Symptoms usually develop between the ages of 30 and 40 but can begin earlier. PKD causes cysts to develop in internal organs, primarily the kidneys. The cysts will eventually choke off kidney function, making dialysis necessary. There is no cure. The disease affects more than 600,000 Americans.

Typically, the Brentwood PKD Walk raises about $45,000 or more, with many donations coming in after the walk. “The most special thing about the walk is the teams that form,” said Baum. Sometimes it’s coworkers supporting a patient or friends of a child diagnosed.

Founded in 1982, the PKD Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization with 61 chapters in the United States. To learn more, go to www.pkdcure.org.

Steve Baum took home a bronze medal in the power walk, silver in the triple jump and gold in the 10K in last month's Senior Olympic Games.

Steve Baum took home a bronze medal in the power walk, silver in the triple jump and gold in the 10K in last month’s Senior Olympic Games. / JEANNE REASONOVER / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

Written by
Bonnie Burch
The Tennessean
Baum climbed to the top of Mount Evans in Colorado in June. / SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN — Steve Baum credits the Tennessee Senior Olympics for getting his activity level back on track after a double organ transplant in 2009.

Now, he has an opportunity to promote the nonprofit that encourages fitness and healthy lifestyles for those ages 50 and older through his participation in an online voting contest.

At 57, Baum of Franklin is one of 12 senior athletes profiled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s “Choose Your Champ” sweepstakes.

“We’re all happy to do it, although there’s nothing in it for us. It’s mostly to raise awareness for Senior Olympics,” said Baum.

On the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Facebook page, visitors can view video montages introducing each competitor. The senior athlete with the most “likes” wins the contest. Baum isn’t sure what the top prize is but thinks it might have something to do with a calendar.

Living life again

A longtime exercise enthusiast, Baum was very ill with Polycystic Kidney Disease for eight years. Then on Nov. 11, 2009, doctors removed his malfunctioning 30-pound liver and 9-pound kidney and transplanted healthy organs into his body.

“I’m the only man in America who lost almost 40 pounds in one day,” he kids.

Within six weeks, he was back at work. Within nine months, he was playing basketball in the U.S. Transplant Games. He also completed his first half-marathon. For the 2011 Tennessee Senior Olympic Games, Baum secured three bronze medals as a first-time competitor.

In last month’s statewide Senior Olympic Games held throughout Williamson County, Baum took home a bronze medal in the power walk, silver in the triple jump and gold in the 10K. The foot race win was a surprise because “I run like an ostrich with sore feet,” said Baum.

Baum is also a public speaker for various organ transplant and donor groups.

“It seems that everybody that has had a transplant wants to pay it forward and give back. It’s just a sense of mission to make sure other people get as lucky, too,” he said.

Vote Baum

To vote for Steve Baum and his video, search for BCBST on Facebook and “like” the page. There’s also a chance to win $500 in the process. Votes can be placed weekly through Aug. 31.
Walk for PKD starts at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at River Park, off Concord Road in Brentwood (across from library). To donate or learn more, go towww.pkdcure.org.

Anne and I were very surprised when I was nominated for Most Inspiring Athlete at the Tennessee Senior Olympics banquet during the state finals. What Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN has decided to do is a sweepstakes where those VOTING in the “Choose Your Champ” can win $500. All of a sudden there was a two-minute vignette featuring me chatting about my transplants and all I’d had to overcome to get there. Wow.

This year’s Senior Olympics was a challenge as I’d had to wear an elbow brace and doctor’s orders, along with Anne’s special brand of gentle persuasion, kept me out of cycling and my beloved basketball events. My team, the Time Benders, had won gold at Districts in the 55-59 3-on-3 and your’s truly earned a silver in Free Throw shooting although I “baumed” in Three Point as the elbow had begun to bother me. The next day I tore a tendon in that elbow during my first softball throw. Thank God it was before the shot put or who knows?

Still ended up with a bronze in the Powerwalk, silver in the Triple Jump and gold in the 10K. Special thanks to the two best distance runners in my age group that no-showed leaving a few of us mere mortals to slog out the 10K!

Always a pleasure to chat with and support the other senior athletes. You cultivate friendships and “The Games” is like a big family reunion for most. Many inspiring stories as not everyone was a natural athlete who had remained active throughout their lives. Many, like me, were just happy to be there. As I said in the :60 spot that will be used to promote future games it’s simply “In One Word? Joy!”

So then on to the “Choose Your Champ” sweepstakes:

Vote for Steve? I’m hoping you can help me:

 “I have been nominated by Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Tennessee Senior Olympics as one of their Most Inspirational Athletes in their “Choose Your Champ” sweepstakes.

Some background: I received the Second Gift of Life with a liver and kidney transplant 11/11/09 after being ill and physically inactive for over eight years. Literally dying. As a part of my paying it forward I sign new donors and to honor my own I participate in athletic events and speaking engagements.

Two half-marathons, a sprint triathlon, basketball in the Transplant Games and now, most recently, a Gold, Silver, and Bronze in track and field at the 2012 TN Senior Olympics show just how truly blessed my family and I have become.

Go to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN facebook page, “like” it, and vote for Steve Baum: the old fart with new parts on the bicycle. You could even win $500 for you or your organization! You can vote weekly!

 My family and I thank you for your consideration!”

So, as I walk into the registration area one of the young volunteers says “Look! It’s the guy in the poster!” Hmmm…didn’t see THAT comin’!

Here’s a link to the :60 TV spot we shot to promote. Don’t blink or you might miss a familiar-looking cyclist:


And other media:


Forget London; Senior Olympics get under way Friday
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:53 pm
Forget London; Senior Olympics get under way Friday

2011 Tennessee Senior Olympics’ Cycling medalists in the 55-59 age group, Jay Swafford (silver), Greg Clark (gold) and Steve Baum (bronze)

Almost 2000 athletes will compete right here

Brentwood Home Page
Williamson County is getting a head start on the Olympic Games 2012 by hosting the Tennessee Senior Olympics, which kick off Friday and run through Thursday, July 19. This year’s number of registered athletes is record-breaking, surpassing 1,962 athletes in all. All participants live in Tennessee and are at least 50 years in age.

Williamson County Parks and Recreation athletics department, Battleground Academy and sponsors BlueCross BlueShield and Walgreens are providing over 300 volunteers to facilitate the Games.

Brentwood will play an important role in the games, hosting a variety of the events which include swimming, track and field, horseshoes, table tennis, bowling, badminton, tennis, basketball, archery, racquetball, cycling, volleyball, softball, shuffleboard, golf, pickleball, 10K and 5K races, a fitness walk, and a one-mile power walk.

For the first time ever, the state games include a 50-meter dash heat in track. Approximately 100 participants signed up to take part in it.

Brentwood’s Indoor Sports Complex and the Maryland Farms YMCA will serve as competition venues. Other venues include Battle Ground Academy, Franklin Recreational Center, Franklin Entertainment Center, Fieldstone Farms, the Academy Park, the Ag Expo Center, College Grove Recreational Center, Christ Church at Arrington, and Pine Creek Golf Course.

The Tennessee Senior Olympics strives to “promote a healthy lifestyle among seniors through fitness, sports, and an active involvement in life.” TSO’s Executive Director Christine Dewbre says watching the participants compete is “very inspirational.”

One example of such inspiration is Williamson County’s very own Steve Baum. Baum, 57, battled liver and kidney disease for eight years until he received a transplant for both organs in November 2009. Until his surgery, everyday tasks like walking half a mile were unbearable.

After the two transplants, Baum faced a couple significant challenges: rebuilding his deteriorated muscles and learning to combat his obstructed breathing caused by the 21-inch scar across his stomach. Instead of focusing on his past obstacles, however, Baum set his sights on the future with the goal of playing basketball at the 2010 Transplant Games. He met that goal a mere nine months after his surgery.

Last year was Baum’s first year to participate in the Tennessee Senior Olympics. He entered in three open events and brought home bronze medals in each. This year, he signed up for a grand total of 10 events, but a recent injury to his right elbow, however, will limit his ability to compete in all of them.

When asked what the Tennessee Senior Olympics means to him, Baum summed it up in one word: joy.

“I’ve gone from dying to winning a bronze in the triple jump. It’s just pure joy.”

For more information, download the “2012 State Finals Athlete Program” at http://www.tnseniorolympics.com/

What I did on my summer vacation: Part 1



1 Wed: Flew to Denver

2 Drove to Greeley and visited the dorms Anne and I lived in, took a photo of the stone wall where I proposed to her 9/73 (Yes, btw) and visited KUNC where I started in radio as a 17-year-old freshman

3 Drove to Denver and took my in-laws, Bob and Kathy Barela, out to dinner at a fine-dining independent Mexican food restaurant in The Highlands

4 Thu: Met my sister Marcia and Goddaughter Jennie and drove to and hiked to the top of Mt Evans @ 14,265 ft. Lunch in Evergreen, showed them the Bear Creek, and shared a bottle of wine at O’Fallon Park.

5 Home to Barela’s

6 Fri: Lunch in downtown Denver.

7 Then Wilco at Red Rocks. Wilco killed.

8 Late beer with Bear Creek HS classmates outdoors at Chad’s on Green Mountain

9 Sat: Walk in Stone House Park. Chill.

10 Bear Creek High School class of ’72 reunion at Fox Hollow. Forty (4-0) years. Really good time!

11 Sun: “Sounds of the 70’s” reunion of alumni singers of our high school show choir Sounds of BC. Multiple award-winning group that had 65 performances our senior year alone.

12 PM: Root for those poor, sad Rockies.

13 Mon: Hiked in Bear Creek Park. Lunch in Cherry Creek with old friend Dave Durham and his great wife Ann Davis.

14 Attend twilight Rockies game with brothers-in-law Mike and Tom. Rockies win!

15 Mon: Flew home to my honeybunch and crashed.

Sounds of B.C. ’71-’72

“Sounds of the 70’s”

 An Invitation to Brunch


 WHO: Any Sounds of BC Alumni who graduated from


        1970-1979 (Oh, and the Weiker’s are coming, too!)


WHAT: A musical brunch with memorabilia and silent      

         auction benefiting a special cause of Mr Weiker’s


          $25 per person to cover food and room


Casual Attire


WHEN: Sunday June 24  11 am – 2 pm


WHERE: The Den at Fox Hollow, Morrison CO


(Same location as preceding night’s

BCHS ’72 Reunion)


WHY: Why not? A bunch of us will be in town

and, let’s face it we’re not getting any younger anymore.

Rumor has it a few of us still sing a little.

And when was the last time you shared a memory and a laugh with Mr Weiker?


RSVP ASAP: stevebaum@bellsouth.net


(615) 509-4791  Please RSVP Early

And here's where you can register: http://donatelife.net/register-now/


Here’s a new link to my new teammates on the

Brentwood Endurance Athletic Team (BEAT)

…and their help in featuring my story to promote

organ donor awareness and registration: