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Paul Scalzo - Scalzo Group, Inc.
Weymouth Family - Ridley-Lowell
Stephen & Diane Eppoliti
Manfield 321 Inc
Karin & Joe
Julia & Richard Arena
Matt & JoAnna
Bubby & Courtney Carlton
Cathy, John & Kelly Falnangan & Calkins
John & Nancy McMurtine
Bill and Tracey Cahill
Diane and Joe Lanzilli
John and Patti Strowbridge
Eugene & Barbara Berlepsch
The Tuohy Family
Albert & Marcia Stirk
Jared Stange and Kelsey Johnston
HT & Mildred Stange
Kim & Chris Roberts
The Flaherty Family
Kelsey Bricker Turley
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 1985 my mother was diagnosed with a liver disease called Primary Biliary Cirrhosis; doctors told her then that she had about three to five years left to live. However, she refused to accept her death sentence...
Her astounding will to survive – her incredible love of life – enabled her to defy the odds set against her; she lived more than 25 years longer than the doctors had expected.
However, a few years ago, she became symptomatic once again, so she entered the transplant program at Yale New Haven Hospital. Her MELD score never qualified her for a transplant - she was never "sick enough" for one.
In April she was experiencing difficulty breathing and pain in her abdomen, so she drove herself to the emergency room. What started out as a fairly common surgery turned into a battle that waged on for nearly 14 weeks.
Her liver was failing her and many complications arose as a result; her MELD score shot up. If she was going to survive, she needed a new liver. Unfortunately, she quickly became too sick to even qualify for a transplant any longer. On August 8, 2013, my mother lost the battle she fought so hard, for most of her life, to overcome.
Sadly, little is known about the disease that took my mother from us too soon. Doctors do not know what causes it and there is no cure.
Liver disease is often unknown or misunderstood. Here are just a few statistics:
Thank you to everyone who has supported me already!
Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Fairfield County on September 29, 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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