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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 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:

  • There are over 100 types of liver disease
  • 1 out of every 10 Americans is affected by liver disease
  • That is 30 million people — the number of people in the United States living with diabetes and cancer combined, and the same number of people who make up the population of America’s 15 largest cities.
  • 60% of the 26,000 people who die each year from cirrhosis have no history of alcohol abuse.
  • Nearly 17,000 people are on the waiting list for a liver transplant. 
  • Sadly, there are only enough donated livers to perform about 5,000 transplants per year. As a result, more than 1,700 patients die each year while on liver waiting lists. 
My wish is that fewer mothers have to leave this world too young; that fewer daughters have to say good-bye to her mothers too soon. The only way to help make that happen is to support the programs & services that help those affected by liver disease - PLEASE DONATE to this important cause! 
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 Julie" button to get started!


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:

  • 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 Walk Participant's name with your check.
All registration fees and donations for this event are nonrefundable.

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