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NEWSLETTER American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division

August 2017

In this Issue: •

Holland Liver Life Walk

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Get Fit: Vaccinations

Updates from Tom Nealon

Journeys, A Culinary Odyssey Patient Honoree: Jena Dangerfield This year the ALF, Great Lakes Division is proud to honor Jena Dangerfield, patient advocate and living donor. Jena’s father lived with PSC for many years , eventually needing a liver transplant. Jena bravely became the donor and although her father passed away later from an infection, they were able to spend and enjoy six more months with him. Show your support to Jena by making a donation on her page.

Volunteer Journeys is a chef-tasting fundraiser on behalf of the American Liver Foundation, Great Lakes Division. The event will host 400 supporters of the ALF including medical professionals, patients and the general public. Volunteer roles for the evening include supporting registration, games/activities, small silent auction, prize table, general guest services and setup/teardown. Click here for more details. Chefs Read about our amazing chefs and partners who are donating their time and delicious food to our event! Click here.

Tickets are now available! For the first time, this event is open to the public and tickets are available. Purchase yours today, here!

Holland Liver Life Walk Walk With Us Join us as we change the face of liver disease. Your participation will bring awareness to liver disease and provide financial support for our educational programs and patient services offered to the millions of Americans battling one of the 100 known liver diseases. Click here to register, start a team, or make a donation.

Volunteer The Holland Liver Life Walk is an exciting event that brings members of the community together and increases awareness about liver disease. The event will also raise the critical funds needed to end liver disease and provide educational and support programs for constituents of the American Liver Foundation, Great Lakes Division. Click here to learn more.

Sponsor Consider sponsoring the Holland Liver Life Walk and receive brand recognition on various event materials and show your support for the American Liver Foundation. Email Tatiana today for more information.

Get Fit This Month’s Focus: Vaccinations This month’s health topic focuses on vaccinations– read about myths, types of vaccines, and who should get them.

August Webinar Preventing Viral Hepatitis– Justin Mitchell, DO, MS Rush University Medical Center Click here to view on our YouTube channel.

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Liver Life Challenge Did you know eating a healthy diet and regular exercise helps your liver function properly? Join the American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division in one of America’s premier athletic events! No matter your skill set there is an opportunity for every athlete! Choose your race and raise funds to end liver disease! 5ks, fun runs, triathlons, and more options! There are no fundraising minimums required, but a $500 goal is encouraged and there are amazing fundraising incentives to encourage you to reach your goal! Email Tatiana to join Team ALF today!

Chicago Marathon The ALF Great Lakes Chicago Marathon team is gearing up for the big race and are deep in their training! Support one of our runners and consider joining our 2018 team waitlist and secure your spot as soon as registration opens! Email Tatiana today!

Updates from ALF CEO & Board Chair, Tom Nealon Advocacy Update Together with virtually every medical and voluntary patient health organization in the country, the American Liver Foundation has taken a stand in the current national debate about the government’s role in health care and health insurance. Read the rest of Tom Nealon’s statement and see how ALF supporters have made a difference.

World Hepatitis Day “If I told you that thousands of Americans are dying every year from a disease that is 10 times more infectious than HIV – and more deadly too – yet preventable and curable, the chances that you would know I’m referring to Hepatitis C are slim, right? Unfortunately, you are not alone.” Read Tom’s full statement on our blog.

Volunteer Opportunities Journeys Friday, September 8th 5:30-9:30pm The ALF Great Lakes Division is excited to present our new gala, Journeys, formerly Flavors, on September 8 at Venue One Loft in the West Loop. This event will offer many activities for participants which will require volunteers as well as registration, set-up, and other tasks. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please contact Brandon Combs by email or at 312-377-9030. Holland Liver Life Walk Saturday, September 23rd 6:30-10:30am We are excited to host our annual Liver Life Walk in Holland, MI this September. Volunteers will be needed to help set-up, registration, t-shirts, and other tasks. Please contact Tatiana with any questions. Chicago Marathon Sunday, October 8th 9:00am– 12:00pm ALF is looking for motivated individuals to cheer on members of our Chicago Marathon team as they run 26.2 miles to raise awareness for liver disease. Contact Tatiana to sign up today!

Upcoming Events • • • • • •

Monthly Webinar Series– 1st of every month– August: Preventing Viral Hepatitis Journeys– September 8 Holland Liver Life Walk– September 23 Chicago Marathon– October 8 Ask the Experts– October 10 Get Fit– Monthly– Newsletter with educational information about general health and how it relates to your liver Run Any Race with ALF– ongoing

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Free Hepatitis C Screenings Click here for testing sites near you.

Clinical Trials Click here for clinical trials near you.

HepCCATT Learn how HepCCATT expands and improves hepatitis C testing and care in Chicago. For additional information contact Isa Rodriguez.

THANK YOU Your donation helps us fight liver disease and promote liver health. We appreciate your generous support. To make a donation, click here.

FOLLOW US Our Favorite Reads this Month 1. Are You #HepAware– Huffington Post 2. U-M Physician on Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak: Get Vaccinated– University of Michigan Health Management 3. Predicting Heart Events After Liver Transplant– Northwestern University 4. Millions of People Are Living With a ‘Silent’ Disease They’ve Likely Never Heard of– Business Insider 5. Facebook Live Q&A on World Hepatitis Day


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August 2017 Newsletter  

Brought to You by The American Liver Foundation, Great Lakes Division

August 2017 Newsletter  

Brought to You by The American Liver Foundation, Great Lakes Division