When Rachel was born on July 15, 2011, we knew she had a choledochal cyst on her bile duct, but after a few months of constant trips to the hospital we discovered she also had biliary atresia. Biliary atresia (or BA) is disorder in which the bile ducts either never form or otherwise do not allow flow of bile. In September of 2011 she had surgery to directly connect the liver and intestines (which she would not likely be alive today without); however, this is not considered a cure. In fact, there is no cure. This is a life-long condition in which most people afflicted with this condition require a liver transplant, but even then there are life-long considerations such as anti-rejection treatment. Fortunately Rachel has not yet needed a transplant (and we pray that she never does), but she has had many complications, most notably repeated instances of cholangitis (bacterial infection in the liver).
As participants in the Liver Life Walk, We are helping to move forward the fight against liver disease and we need your help!
Every step we take and every dollar we raise will make a difference in the lives of the more than 30 million Americans living with liver disease. By making a donation on Rachel's 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 us one step closer to our goal and take all of us another stride closer to a world free of liver disease!
Helping us is easy! Just click on one of the team members' names below to contribute to that person's goal, or join our team!
( May I ask that you click the team member who has raised less than $100? All money raised by our team goes to the ALF in Rachel's honor, and the individual team members recieve a free shirt when they reach $100. Thank you for helping me to help my team ;)
To learn more about Rachel and her journey check out her page at https://www.facebook.com/rachel.faith.thomas