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As a participant in the Liver Life Walk, I'm helping to move forward the fight against liver disease and I need your help!
In Fall 2009, at the age of 14, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with severe Liver Cirrhosis and End Stage Liver Failure, all brought on by Autimmune Hepatitis. I was a healthy, normal kid until that point. I was active in softball, marching band, and theater. I spent weeks in and out of the hospital, and spoke to many specialists before finally being diagnosed. On November 13th, I was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant, but my family was told it could be a year before one could be found for me. Later that day, I was admitted back into the hospital and placed in ICU on life support because of portal vein pressure buildup, my liver was not functioning at all at this point, and I had to have a TIPS procedure (shunt through the liver) to help my blood flow. Also during all of my hospital visits, I had to have many, many blood transfusions, and at one point the blood bank was out of my blood type...O+, something they normally have more than enough of!
I felt so bad about all of the blood transfusions, and thankfully a friend's mom helped to organize a replenishment blood drive in my honor after I was discharged from the hospital. On January 2nd, 2010, just thirteen days after celebrating my 15th birthday, my parents and I attended the replenishment blood drive so that my parents could donate. While we were in line, the liver coordinator called my dad, and told him to get me down to the hospital, that they had a liver for me and would be doing the transplant that night! We were so happy and couldnt believe it was happening so fast. I didn't really feel that sick, and my mind turned to all of those who had to be much sicker than me and needed a liver much worse. However, after the transplant, my amazing surgeon told my parents that he was so glad they had decided the liver would go to me, my liver was a hard little rock, and I would not have survived another 3 months. God was with me, and I have been Blessed...and because of that I am now 18, and about to graduate high school. I have been accepted to Texas Tech University, and will be majoring in Biology in a Pre-Medicine program...preparing to spend my life helping others.
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 American Liver Foundation provide community-based education and prevention programs, protect the rights of people with liver disease, and fund critical research.
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!
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Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Houston 2013 on April 27, 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:
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American Liver Foundation® | 4545 E. Shea Blvd. | Suite 164 | Phoenix | AZ | 85028
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