Fundraising Honor Roll
Greg and Kristin Cassano
the O'Brien Family
Ed and Pat Rayfield
The Abbruzzese Family
Cahills Carpet Cleaning
The Kenney Family
ronny + denise
The Ahrens Family
Paul, MB, Izzy, Syd & the wu tang clan
Joe and Liz Tavalone
Pete and Haley Jaroski
Mrs. jill reichard
Margie and Rick LaFrance
As some of you know I will be in Boston on April 21st running in the world's oldest annual marathon. This will be my first Boston Marathon, fifth overall and the second time I'll be running in support of a great charitable cause. This past November I ran with the American Heart Association and completed the NYC Marathon in support of my wife's uncle who unfortunately passed away from a sudden heart attack.
Due to the positive experience I had running with the American Heart Association, I decided to run in support of the American Liver Foundation in 2014. This organization holds a special meaning for me because my younger sister Christy was born with a chronic liver disease called biliary atresia.
Biliary atresia is a rare disease of the liver where the common bile duct between the liver and the small intestine is blocked or absent. This causes the bile to be trapped inside the liver, quickly causing damage and scarring of the liver cells, and finally liver failure. In newborn infants, it has an occurrence rate of approximately 1 in 18,000 births in the United States. Treatment options for this disease are a Kasai procedure or a liver transplant.
As a newborn Christy had a successful Kasai procedure. Although the procedure was successful, her body continues to combat her weak liver and as a result she has also developed kidney disease. She's now 25 and continues to be an inspiration with her ability to not let these two chronic diseases stop her from accomplishing her goals. Since graduating from college, Christy has gone on to become a pediatric nurse working at Shiners Hospital for Children providing care to children with special healthcare needs. She leads an active and healthy lifestyle and in 2011 she competed the Philadelphia Marathon.
As part of my commitment to the team, I'm required to raise $4,000 to help support the Foundation so they may continue to research treatments and cures for liver diseases along with spreading awareness. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
My personal goal is to raise awareness, meet my minimum fundraising goal of $4000 and to complete the marathon with my best time yet.
Thanks for your support!
Thank you for supporting the Run for Research 2014 on April 21, 2014!
The Liver Life Challenge 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:
|Please send offline, non-cash donations to our office at:
Run for Research Team | American Liver Foundation | 88 Winchester Street | Newton | MA | 02461
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