|Dirty Rotten Livers|
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Jonathan & Vickie Redgrave
BigAr's Dirty Rotten Livers
Mom and Dad
We lost our team captain to liver disease on October 31, 2012. Although he may no longer be physically with us, he is still our team captain, and remains a source of inspiration and strength for so many who had the privilege to know and love him.
Below is Aric's statement for last year's liver walk. It gives a small sense of the strength and spirit with which he lived his life. Thank you for supporting our team, and may Aric's spirit inspire you as it has-and continues to-inspire all of us.
I have been living with liver disease since 2004. At age 25 I was diagnosed with Primary Schlerosing Cholangitis (PSC) an uncommon form of degenerative liver disease often associated with Crohn's and Colitis. After struggling with Crohn's since I was 9 years old, the news that I suddenly had liver disease as well and would eventually need a transplant was hard to process. It just didn't seem real...
Now 34 years old, I have dealt with more hospitalizations than I can count, multiple surgeries due to complications from my Crohn's and PSC, a permanently-infected liver shunt, deteriorating energy, and ascites coupled with muscle atrophy (which I joke causes a slight resemblance to E.T.). Sometimes it can seem like PSC has taken over my life. I have lost many dreams to my diseases, but I refuse to let illness win. Liver disease may change what I can physically do day to day, but it can not destroy *how* I live every day. With the love and support of my family I fight every day and strive to have a positive outlook. I look forward to the day I get the call for a new liver, but until then I try to live every day to the fullest and appreciate the many blessings I have. PSC may have taken many things from me, but one thing it has given me is the ability to truly appreciate my life and the love of friends and family.
Taking part in the Liver Life Walk helps fortify my positive outlook through a feeling of community with people who understand my situation and sincerely support me and others with liver disease. I participate in the Chicago Liver Life Walk to give myself and others in my situation hope. I participate in solidarity with those who face the same obstacles I do. I participate to gain hope and encouragement from others who have already received the gift of life. For me the Liver Life Walk is a day of celebration and hope, and it is one I look forward to every year.
Every step I take and every dollar I raise will make a difference in the lives of the 30 million Americans living with liver disease. By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the Foundation provide community-based education and prevention programs, protect the rights of people with liver disease and fund critical research for a cure.
By making a donation you?ll take me one step closer to my goal and take all of us another stride closer to a world free of liver disease!
Donating is easy! Just click the "Support Aric!" link under my picture to get started.
Walk with us! You can also click the "Join Aric's Team" link to walk with the Dirty Rotten Livers.
You can also read Aric's obituary here:
Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Chicagoland on June 22, 2013!
The Liver Life Walk 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:
|Please send offline, non-cash donations to our office at:
American Liver Foundation® | 67 E Madison St | Suite 1614 | Chicago | IL | 60603
*Please be sure to include the Walk Participant's name with your check.
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