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Gold Medal
Raised $1000 for the Liver Life Walk
My Progress
146 percent of goal achieved.
Fundraising Honor Roll


This February 25, 2014 will mark seven years since I lost my Father to Hepatitis C (Hep C). I was just fifteen years old when I found out he was sick with Hep C. At that time in my life I did not really know much about the disease or any liver disease for that matter. I just knew that my Dad, the one person that meant everything to me, was ill. I knew I had to stick up and be there for him whether it was to cook or clean for him,  or, worst of all,  give him his injections. My Dad was sick for almost seven years fighting Hep C, and I was there with quite a few other family and friends to walk the entire journey with him. I WILL NEVER FORGET FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO WATCH THE CLOSEST PERSON TO ME TRANSITION INTO THIS SLOW, PAINFUL, WINLESS BATTLE. I tried to make it as easy as I possibly knew how at such a young age, and I QUICKLY had to become an ADULT in the situation. I went through such emotions I vowed that no one would ever have to go through what I did again. Losing my Father was the hardest thing I have had to go through in my life at such a young age, he was not only my Father, but my best friend.

After losing my Father I started doing philanthropy work for The American Liver Foundation (ALF), and have truly grown with the organization. I have met the most amazing doctors all over that are doing wonderful work for patients all over the city and country.  Most do not know this, but a lot of the patients that I have encountered are NEW BORN or YOUNG CHILDREN.   Every time I meet with these doctors it reminds me of why I am doing this. I AM JUST ONE VOICE FOR THEM. These doctors from Texas Children's, Methodist, St. Lukes, UTMB (to name a FEW) are not just doctors; rather, they are walking angels caring for every single person that crosses their path. We as a community in the Houston area are truly blessed to be here with all these amazing doctors that really are all working together to find a cure for ALL liver diseases. This is not a job for me, this is my LIFE!

I read each and every story of each patient I come in contact with that has been affected in some way from liver disease or family member, and it only makes me work harder to grow this organization to what I know it should be. I strive to help those affected by liver disease.  For more information on Liver Disease, please check out this informational site -
I encourage all walk teams to grow together and make this year even bigger than the last!!!  If you need any help with anything, please feel free to contact me:
        BY PHONE:  (713) 459-2164
        BY EMAIL:

ALF BOARD MEMBER - Houston Division
juliadesign2009's Story


Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Houston on April 26, 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® | 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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