Welcome to My Liver Life Challenge Page
As a liver transplant pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic, I have met many liver transplant patients. In my 3+ years, our team has performed over 400 liver transplants. I see what patients with liver disease struggle with (before and after transplant) and it occurred to me that the 2014 Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon Liver Life Challenge might be another way to support these patients and their families beyond what we can do inside the hospital.
Many patients and families tell their story about how their lives are impacted by liver disease. One particular patient that I have had the opportunity to get to know is Randy DeArmit and his wife, Connie. Randy received a liver transplant in March 2012 for end stage liver disease due to hemochromatosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). After surgery, Randy was in the hospital for over 150 days. At times, he was so weak, he could barely lift his head off of the bed - there were days we were unsure Randy would survive. Randy and his family, however had other plans. They never gave up and after participating in intense rehab, Randy made it home in December 2012. He has now been home for over one year and enjoys staying active (riding the bike at the gym) and spending time with his family and his grandchildren.
This year's 2014 Cleveland Rite Aid Half Marathon will be my 5th, but it is patients like Randy that inspire me this year to go the extra mile and join 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.
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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.
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