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Aunt Annie and me at my college graduation
Aunt Annie and me at my college graduation

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104 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $1,250.00
Achieved: $1,300.00
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Why I decided to run the Chicago Marathon for the American Liver Foundation

Aunt Annie

 

 

 Recently I lost someone incredibly important to me, my Aunt Annie. Aunt Annie has been a huge part of my life since the day I was born. She was my godmother and has been with me every step of my life. Growing up, we were always over at her house or she was over at ours because Tony and Ben were our partners in crime. It's actually hard for me to pick out specific memories because there are so many. She always was looking out for me though, saying she had to because I was her goddaughter. She was there for my first communion and Confirmation and graduations. I always will remember her coming over just to pick up her coupons and then staying for hours to talk. Mom and she would slowly move toward the door and then talk there for an hour and then move outside and then talk there for another.

When we got older, we started having girl's nights where we would all get together (mom, Sara, Catherine, me, and Aunt Annie) and have food, drinks, and movies or games. We would choose different themes like Halloween, Christmas cookie baking, game night, Beatles night, Royals games, Harry Potter, and on and on. We had so much fun and I'm so glad we started doing it so she could do girly things since she never had girls.

The last times I had with her were Christmas cookie baking on December 23rd, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. We all go back in our heads and think, "If I had known those were the last times I had with her, what would I have done differently?" All I can say is that I would have sat next to her and talked to her all day instead of 20 minutes on Christmas. I would have hugged her and told her I loved her even though she was never overly touchy feely. And I wouldn't have left ever.

I swear that I will never forget you. I know I will see you again some day. I know you're happy somewhere out there that I can't see. We miss you. Say hi to grandpa for me.

As part of my agreement to run, I have to raise $1275 for the American Liver Foundation. Please donate whatever you can. Every little bit helps. I will keep you updated as I train (I'll start in June!) Thank you!!!

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 "Donate" button to get started.

 

Thank you for supporting the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2014!

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® | 39 Broadway | Suite 2700 | New York | NY | 10006
*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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