In April 2017, my father was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease as a result of Cirrhosis. After his diagnosis, my siblings, mother, and I learned as much about the disease as possible: its symptoms, complications, treatment options, liver transplants, and possible outcomes. My younger sister, who aspires to become a doctor, helped to take care of our dad that summer by preparing healthy meals and making sure he was taking the pills that we had no idea how to pronounce. We hoped that our dad would be able to receive a liver transplant that would save his live. Unfortunately, the disease progressed much quicker than we had anticipated. In September, my dad went to the hospital for a blood transfusion and was admitted to the ICU. Only six months after his diagnosis and after a month in the hospital, my dad passed away at the age of 56 due to complications from the disease. Watching our father suffer and die from this disease was the hardest thing that my family has gone through. I hope that no other families have to go through what we did.
I will be running the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in memory of my father and as a part of the Liver Life Challenge team. Every dollar raised will help make a difference in the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from liver disease. By donating on my behalf, you will help the American Liver Foundation provide critical funding for medical research, public education, and patient support services. I hope that the money I raise helps those suffering from the disease to have a better chance of survival. Making a donation is easy. Just click the "Donate" button to get started!
As of today, more than 30 million Americans suffer from liver disease. That means, 1 in 10 Americans are currently affected by any of the over 100 known liver diseases that exist today. The American Liver Foundation is working relentlessly to fight back against liver disease!
Thank you for joining in the fight and making a difference in the lives of people affected by liver disease. GO LIVER!