Liver Life Walk Long Island 2013

Mike's Gang

For those of you that dont know my familys story here is the short version. 

 

My father Mike has two specific incidents that he can think of, one when he was three years old, still living in Italy, where he needed a blood transfusion, and another where a "joke" left him stuck with a dirty needle picked up by a friend off the street. Which incident left him with Hepatitis C we will never know for sure.

 

Fast forward to his 30's when he first started feeling symptomatic, he always had a sense of extreme fatigue, and although he was a laborer for a construction company he could tell it was more than that, and so tests began. This is when he was official diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a degenerative liver disease. By 40 his liver had failed and he was in the hospital.

 

 His sister Carmela was ready and willing to give my father more than half of her liver, an amazingly large risk that was probably the most incredible thing she could do for any of us. Just the fact that she would risk her life for our father's is something that will stay in our hearts forever!

 

By some miracle, we received a phone call, my father was being prepped for surgery, they had received a full liver from an organ donor in Ohio that had just passed away, and so my Dad was being taken in and my Aunt was able to keep her whole liver! At this time I was 14, Jaclyn was 12 and Lisa was 10 (even though my Dad told all the nurses he missed his 3 babies).

 

 That was a rough summer, going back and forth between family members homes, because my mother after working every day, was at the hospital every night with my father. We have an amazing family and they took such great care of us!

 

~For that we will never be able to say thank you enough!~  

 

 This year we are 11 years post transplant, this year I am 25, Jaclyn is 23 and Lisa is 21, but best of all, my Dad will be 51!

 

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! Donating is easy, just click a team members name, you'll be sent to their personal page were there is a "Support" button. Any donation is so appreciated!

Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to donate or pass the link along!

xoxo The Natale Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike's Gang Raised
Silver Medal Melissa Natale $900.00
Silver Medal Jaclyn Natale $770.00
Bronze Medal lisa natale $380.00
Lori Natale $100.00
Denotes a Team Captain

Dads 50th birthday party
Dads 50th birthday party


Team Progress
Goal:
$2,000.00
Achieved:
$2,150.00
108 percent of goal achieved.

Team Honor Roll

Recent Donors

Richard Reichgut & John Scott

John Scott & Richard Reichgut

Rico & Mel

Lidia Zawada

Carmine and Rina


Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Long Island on May 4, 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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