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Welcome to My Liver Life Walk Page!

Support Kristen!
Team Cooper team page
TeamRaiser Achievement Badge
Gold Medal
Raised $1000 for the Liver Life Walk
My Progress
156 percent of goal achieved.
Fundraising Honor Roll

Thank you for your interest in supporting our Liver Life Walk team!  We walk for Cooper and all those affected by Liver Disease.

Born on April 14, 2010, Cooper was a welcome addition to our family. When Cooper was just one day old, we were told his bilirubin numbers were high and the doctors weren’t sure why.  Not understanding what all of this meant we were understandably heartbroken and shocked when our 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 remained 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 and friends, our little boy has undergone two major surgeries before the age of two!  We are so grateful and faithful that because of his new liver, Cooper won't need to see another operating room.  It has been over two years since Cooper had his transplant.  He is a beautiful, happy and healthy little boy who loves playing outside, acting like a pirate (he loves Jake and Captain Hook!), and especially his family!

Thank you so much for your support and generosity! All dollars raised go to support the American Liver Foundation for research and support to find a cure for liver disease!

Donating is easy! Just click the "Donate" button to get started!


Kristen Hanks - Team Cooper

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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