Welcome to the Team Mayo Liver Life Walk Team Page!
Thank you for your interest in supporting our Liver Life Walk team! Here is a story about one of our patients.
On November 17, 2011 Lloyd W. Beaman woke feeling nauseous and weak. After getting violently sick his wife contacted the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and was informed to come to the hospital immediately. Lloyd was in serious trouble and had come close to internally bleeding to death. He was immediately checked in and a top notch team of Mayo’s finest ER staff sprung into action. On day two in the Critical Care Unit, Lloyd was informed that he had cirrhosis of the liver. Discharged a few days later, he was told he needed to monitor his condition in order to stay healthy.
Over the next few months Lloyd fought with all his energy to overcome his condition, but was losing ground daily. Although he completed several scheduled visits, tests and procedures at Mayo to fight his liver disease, everyday was filled with fatigue, pain and dizziness. Lloyd began the preparation process to receive a liver transplant at the direction of his doctor Elizabeth J. Carey, M.D. He had two more unexpected trips to the ER for low sodium and a high fever in February and with hepatic encephalopathy in July.
Up to that point, other than loosing noticeable weight, no one really knew what Lloyd was going through which is what he wanted. Thanks to the Mayo Clinic, his wife and family helping him push through, Lloyd held his head up high his glass remained positive no matter how bad it seemed. Several months later Lloyd was placed on home oxygen full diagnosed with hepatopulmonary syndrome; an uncommon condition that occurs in people with an existing liver disease that affects the lungs. Liver transplant is the only cure for this syndrome. Now Lloyd is pushing to stay alive long enough to receive one.
In October 2012 Lloyd had been placed on the liver transplant list and on the morning of November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day, Lloyd awoke to his cell phone ringing. It was the Mayo calling to say, Happy Thanksgiving and they have a liver on the way to the hospital for him so please get dressed and head that way!
Within days he was in a private room preparing for discharge. The most touching visit for him was Doctor Carey who was smiling and looked so happy. Lloyd thanked her for his second chance at life and proud to say he’s a lifetime member of the Mayo Clinic!
To make a donation to our team, locate a team member from the list below and click her or her name to visit their Personal Fundraising Webpage. Once there, select the "Sponsor " button and follow the instructions to make a donation.
To join our team, select the "Join Team" link at the top of the list of team members. Then follow the instructions to register for the event as part of our Liver Life Walk team!