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Welcome to My Liver Life Challenge Web Page

Now I run to save lives
Now I run to save lives

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My Progress
106 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $1,000.00
Achieved: $1,059.00
Fundraising Honor Roll

Hi!

When I was 12, I was diagnosed with liver disease. I had to have major surgery to keep my bile flowing properly throughout my liver and digestive system. I began to heal and feel a lot better, but this health challenge was not over. Over the next couple of years I had several bad complications of liver disease, and needed an emergency surgical procedure, blood transfusions, time in ICU, and finally a naso-gastric feeding tube.

I was listed for a liver transplant in July of 2009, and recieved the wonderful gift of life on May 2nd, 2010. Since the transplant, I gradually began to feel a LOT better, although I still had a few set backs.

I just finished my Senior Year in High School. While the year began a little rough, (I developed Ulcerative Colitis, and also broke my left femur), I finished on a strong note. I joined the boys Spring Track team, and got my first Varsity Letter for the 100 M dash.

While this might not seem very exciting to the average person, to me it was very important.

I had always liked athletics. I played rec soccer, baseball, and basketball as I grew up, but when most other kids begin to train a little more seriously in their favorite sports, I began to get sick. I was able to run some cross country track and play a little basketball, but too soon began to feel sicker and sicker. And when I felt better, even after my transplant, I had to put most of my energy into my schoolwork. My many absences left me with a lot of work to make up.

I will begin college in the fall at Southern New Hampshire University. And while I will be real busy with this new challenge, I still can't forget my old challenges.

I can't forget how sick I was, because I've met so many new friends through the American Liver Foundation who either have faced the same things as me, or may have to deal with some serious health issues as they get older.

And there's a possiblity my own liver disease, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis may have recurred. I feel fine, but need to take a medication to thin my bile, and the doctors need to check my blood work routinely.

This is why I joined the Liver Life Challenge, and am running the Falmouth Road Race. I can combine two passions, my love of running, and my deep desire to stop Liver Disease, to help many.

 

 

 

Help me to help 30 million Americans.

A world free of liver disease! That is why I am participating in the Liver Life Challenge. The Liver Life Challenge is an endurance sport training program that helps people like me train for a race while supporting the mission of the American Liver Foundation.

Every step I take and every dollar I raise will make a diference in the lives of more than 30 million Americans living with liver disease.

Did you know:

  • Liver cancer is one of the few primary cancers on the rise in the United States.
  • Approximately 5.4 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. About 65% and 75% , respectively, are unaware that they are infected.
  • It is estimated that up to 25% of the U.S. population could have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease--a condition that can lead to life-threatening damage.

By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the Foundation provide community-based education, research, support, and advocacy related to help prevent and treat liver disease. Together we can make a difference and it's as simple as helping me reach my fundraising goal.

Donating is easy! Just click the "Sponsor Me" button to get started.


Thank you for supporting the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on August 11, 2013!

The Liver Life Challenge is a celebration of my commitment to a world free of liver disease. Please help me make that goal a reality! I support the American Liver Foundation® because it:

  • Advocates on behalf of 30 million Americans with liver disease on the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Provides education programs, support services, and outreach activities that reach more than 200,000 individuals annually and raise awareness on liver disease prevention and management.
  • Is the largest non-governmental supporter of liver disease research in the U.S. and since 1979, the American Liver Foundation Research Awards Program has provided more than $24 million to more than 750 qualified scientists and physicians.
Please send offline, non-cash donations to our office at:
American Liver Foundation® | 88 Winchester St. | Newton | MA | 02461
*Please be sure to include the Challenge Participant's name with your check.
All registration fees and donations for this event are nonrefundable.

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