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Liver Life Walk Houston 2013
Liver Life Walk Houston 2013

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Achievements
TeamRaiser Achievement Badge
Gold Medal
Raised $1000 for the Liver Life Walk
My Progress
Goal:
$3,000.00
Achieved:
$2,558.00
85 percent of goal achieved.
Fundraising Honor Roll

Help to end liver disease!

I hope that you will support me by donating and helping out those that are affected by liver disease such as Cooper Hanks. I met Cooper and his family last year in Houston.  He is just too cute and to think without a liver transplant he wouldn't be here today. Born on April 14, 2010, Cooper was a welcome addition to the Hanks family. When Cooper was just one day old, his parents, Josh and Kristen were told his bilirubin numbers were high and the doctors weren't sure why.  Not understanding what all of this meant they were understandably heartbroken and shocked when their newborn baby was taken to the NICU for the next 24 hours.  He was given medication to help open his bile ducts and was then released from the hospital with no answers.  After two long months of tests and still no change in Cooper's labs, he underwent major surgery which confirmed that he had a rare form of liver disease called Biliary Atresia. During the surgery doctors performed the Kasai procedure, a surgery where doctors use a piece of the baby's own intestine to allow his bile to flow. The procedure is 80% successful when completed by two months of age.

Cooper was able to remain relatively healthy over the next year, although his liver function tests were never normal.   In August of 2011, Cooper became very ill and was hospitalized for a high fever and a lethal infection in his liver.  It was then determined that he was in need of a liver transplant.  Cooper was put on the transplant list on a Thursday afternoon and a match was found just hours later that day!  The very next day Cooper received his new liver.  It was a true miracle!  With the strength and support of his family this little boy has undergone two major surgeries before the age of two!  His parents are grateful and faithful that because of his new liver, Cooper won't need to see another operating room.  It has been just over one year that Cooper had his transplant.  He is a beautiful, happy and healthy little boy who loves playing outside, watching Mickey Mouse, and especially his family!

 

American Liver Foundation makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing money for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families, and by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention.

 

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Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Phoenix on April 12, 2014!

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® | 4545 East Shea Blvd | Suite 164 | Phoenix | AZ | 85028
*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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