Our son Thomas Hall (Tommy) has been having some health issues for the past several months.
Needless to say, this has been an incredibly hard time for our family. However, we are blessed to have access to the best medical care in the world; financial security to cover his treatment; and a tremendous support system, including our families, friends and caregivers. I am also extremely fortunate to be able to stay home to care for him (as well as Emma and Benji).
On March 18th, I turn 40. In the spirit of thankfulness and hope, I have decided to "donate" my birthday to children's liver disease research, awareness and support through Children's Liver Association for Support Services (C.L.A.S.S). Please join me in raising money for it! #teamtommy
There are over 100 different liver diseases that affect children today. The incidence of pediatric liver disease is 1 in 25,000 births in the United States. In children, liver disease can be caused by a viral infection, genetic factors, immune disorders, or often times a cause unknown. Pediatric liver disease alone causes over 15,000 hospital admissions each year. These admissions range from the treatment of infections, bleeding problems related to a poorly functioning liver, nutritional problems, further diagnostic testing and transplant as well as many others.
Between 500-600 children undergo a liver transplant every year in the United States. The outcome for children with end stage liver disease has dramatically improved as medicine has advanced in recent years. Children today are fortunate that transplantation and anti-rejection medications are highly successful and can provide them the opportunity to experience happy and active lives.