Walkers Step Up To "Save The Liver!"
A simple stroll in the park on a Sunday morning can turn into a power walk. It can make the difference in helping improve the lives of 30 million Americans living with liver disease. You, your family and co-workers can take the challenge on Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8 AM, Denver City Park Pavilion and get ready for the American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Walk 2014 presented by University of Colorado Hospital!
“Liver disease does not discriminate. It affects all races, ages and genders. Approximately 15,000 children are hospitalized every year with a pediatric liver disease or disorder," said Joe McCormack, Executive Director Rocky Mountain Division, "Besides raising money for liver disease research and education, the Liver Life Walk hopes to educate the public about the importance of liver wellness and being tested for liver disease.”
Besides helping the 30 million Americans with the liver disease, the Liver Life Walk is a chance for you to help your local community and Colorado residents battling liver disease.
Denver's beautiful City Park Pavilion will host the Liver Life Walk where participants check-in, register and enjoy event festivities. Walkers enjoy pre-event fun, water stations and dedicated volunteers along the route. This year's expanded Vendor Expo will have giveaways for participants, food and liver disease educational materials.
Children's Hospital Colorado "Kiddo Fun Run"
Prior to the race, all participants will meet at the START/FINISH line. The Children's Hospital Colorado "Kiddo Fun Run" will kick off this years walk, starting prior to the main event, at 8:45am. The Kiddo Fun Run is geared towards kiddos 6 and under but, all ages may participate and is a short distance out and back from the start/finish line. We ask that parents assist their children in getting to the proper location to start the Kiddo Fun Run. Parents are encourged to run the course with their child. The Liver Life Walk 2014 will begin after the Kiddo Fun Run promptly at 9:00 AM.
Liver Champion Story - Cooper Hanks
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!
Liver Life Walk 2014 Sponsors
Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to continue the battle against liver disease: University of Colorado Hospital, Presenting Sponsor; Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Community Sponsor; Abbvie, Community Sponsor; and Gilead.
Liver disease affects one in every 10 Americans. Symptoms are often silent for years but, diagnosis for many common types of liver diseases can be done with a simple blood test. Early diagnosis leads to earlier treatment and cure.
To register for the Liver Life Walk 2014, visit www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/rockymountain/ or call the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Liver Foundation at 303-988-4388. 24 hour Helpline, 1-800-GO-LIVER.
About the American Liver Foundation
The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused solely on promoting liver health and disease prevention. The American Liver Foundation achieves its mission in the fight against liver disease by funding scientific research, education for medical professionals, advocacy, information and support programs for patients and their families as well as public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Additional information can be found at www.liverfoundation.org.